ESSEX Trading Standards have sent out a warning regarding supermarket scam emails containing fake vouchers purported to help with buying food during the lockdown.
Essex Trading Standards released the following message on social media yesterday (16th April):
“Please be aware of these scam emails circulating to be from various supermarkets.
“The scammers cloak the email in the branding of a popular supermarket chain and inform the recipient that they have received a money off voucher to assist with purchases during the quarantine.
“The email then directs the recipient to click a link so that they may claim the coupon. Rather than being a kind offer from some of Britain’s most popular chains, it is a fraudulent email which aims to steal the credit card details of the recipient.
“Look out for the telltale signs that the voucher offer is a scam, such as poor spelling and grammar; however, this is not always the case, and many look identical to official supermarket emails.
“Never click the links or input your card details.
“If an offer sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
“Report all scams to us via 0808 223 1133.”