Tis the season to be scammed! Shoppers are being warned to avoid a fake £85 Aldi voucher that is being widely shared on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.
The scam first surfaced over 2 years ago but has made a festive reappearance as fraudsters step up their efforts to scam unsuspecting individuals in the run up to Christmas.
The voucher offers shoppers £85 off their next grocery shop if they fill in an online form and submit their personal details.
Upon clicking the link, the user is directed through to a fake survey page that asks them to submit their name, address and date of birth before they can print off the fake voucher.
Victims are then encouraged to like and share the post on their own social media pages to ensure the scam reaches as wide an audience as possible. Unfortunately, by doing this the victim will spam all their contacts with the same bogus offer and the cycle will continue.
As is the case with all these types of scam, the voucher is just a devious way for criminals to steal personal information that can be used to commit identity fraud or sold on to criminal third parties.
Fake Aldi Voucher (Source: The Metro)
Aldi commented on the scam that has been widely reported this week: "We can confirm that this is not an official Aldi voucher. It is a fraudulent offer that cannot be redeemed in our stores, and we strongly advise that you do not complete any personal details. Please rest assured that this is currently being fully investigated."
In a separate scam, Aldi Ireland also warned Irish shoppers not to fall for a €125 Aldi voucher offer that has been circulating on WhatsApp.
There has been a notable increase in these types of scams in recent weeks and consumers should treat these online vouchers and offers with extreme caution.
To avoid being scammed on social media, there are a number of precautionary measures you should take:
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