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Warning on a money-off voucher that could cost you a fortune

HARD to believe, but scammers are trying to cash in on the Covid-19 crisis. Police Scotland are warning the public about a new scam starting to do the rounds that has a Coronavirus theme to give it credibility. The victim receives an email festooned in logos and branding of a local supermarket chain advising that they have been awarded a money-off voucher for spending in their store during the course of the pandemic. Lots of people have been spending more on food during lockdown, so there's an air of believability about the idea. Of course, there's a sting in the tail. In order to claim the voucher, the recipient has to supply their credit or bank card details and these are then used for fraudulent activity thereafter with no voucher ever being received. No legitimate business will contact you direct offering a reward like this and ask for bank or card details as a condition of the scheme. Say police: "Supermarkets do regularly make offers of this nature but they print the vouchers in the Press or on leaflet drops put through your letterbox with no request for personal information required whatsoever." The police urge the public not to give out their personal information to anyone in circumstances like that shown above. There will be many other scams of this nature coming to light in the coming weeks and the public should be on their guard.

<< back Published: 15 Apr 2020, 10:21

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