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New Asda and Morrisons scam targets your contact details – what you need to know UK News

Asda and Morrisons customers are warned of fake text messages from fraudsters attempting to obtain their personal information.

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has warned buyers of fake text messages claiming that an Asda or Morrisons order is pending delivery.

The post includes links to a web page that purports to allow the recipient to track their order and view a delivery slip, trade standards officials have warned.

The crooks will use the links to steal personal information from unsuspecting victims, which could put their personal finances at risk.

Examples of fake Asda and Morrisons SMS (Chartered Trading Standards Institute / PA)

It is the latest scam since the start of the pandemic with the Royal Mail, various banks, HMRC and even the NHS used to try to trick people out of their personal data.

CTSI Senior Agent Katherine Hart said: “The crooks are sending these text messages to phone numbers in case the recipient has placed an order with the relevant supermarket.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has led to greater reliance on door-to-door deliveries, making the public more open than ever to fall for this scam.

“The public should be aware that these campaigns are not limited to Asda or Morrisons brands and may receive messages citing the names of other major supermarket chains.”

Consumers who receive a suspicious text should contact the supermarket, if they buy with them, to verify it.

Any scam text should be forwarded to 7726, a free reporting service operated by Ofcom.

A spokesperson for Asda said: “We are aware of a series of scams that are sent to customers posing as different brands, including Asda, via text message.

“We will never ask for any personal information via SMS, and any SMS communication from us is not from a cell phone number.

“We want to remind our customers that they should never click on suspicious links, but if anyone is unsure of a communication claiming to be from Asda, please contact our customer service.”

Scams can also be reported to Action Fraud and the Citizens Advice consumer hotline on 0808 223 1133.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-28 11:39:53