Warning over fake £85 Aldi vouchers that could hand your details to scammers
4th December 2018

The supermarket has confirmed that the voucher is a hoax and that it cannot be used in stores.

The coupons appear to offer shoppers £85 off their next grocery shop and asks customer's to fill in a form to claim the discount.

Clicking on the link directs shoppers to a survey page, which asks for personal information such as your name, address and date of birth.

You are then encouraged to share the post on your own social media pages.

This then spams all of your friends with the same offer and the vicious cycle continues.

How to protect yourself from scams

  • Firstly, remember that if something seems too good to be true, it normally is.
  • Check brands are "verified" on Facebook and Twitter pages – this means the company will have a blue tick on their profile.
  • Look for grammatical and spelling errors; fraudsters are notoriously bad at writing proper English. If you receive a message from a “friend” informing you of a freebie, consider whether it’s written in your friend’s normal style.
  • If you’re invited to click on an URL, hover over the link to see the address it will take you to – does it look genuine?
  • To be on the really safe side, don’t click on unsolicited links in messages, even if they appear to come from a trusted contact.
  • Be careful when opening email attachments too. Fraudsters are increasingly attaching files, usually PDFs or spreadsheets, which contain dangerous malware.
  • If you receive a suspicious message then report it to the company, block the sender and delete it.

Some victims have even unknowingly drawn their friends directly to the bogus offer by tagging them in the post.

Aldi has warned customers not to share any personal details as it is a fraudulent offer.

The supermarket said on Twitter: "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."

It's not the first time that Aldi has warned shoppers about this scam, it first cropped up in October two years ago and it warned customers again in March and July this year.

In the past, similar scams have hoodwinked unsuspecting shoppers at Sainsbury's, Tesco and Primark.

In August, scammers were also trying to trick Morrisons shoppers into parting with their personal details by offering them £150 vouchers on WhatsApp.



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