Dyson fans should watch out for a dangerous new scam
There has been a wave of scams in the UK in recent weeks, whether linked to millions of phone numbers leaked by Facebook or not, a wave of fake text messages from DHL, Hermes and other delivery companies has plagued the whole country by online shoppers. And now there is another scam that you should avoid.
A number of UK residents have started receiving emails claiming to be from well-known shopping areas such as Currys PC World congratulating them on winning a Dyson vacuum cleaner. If you’ve recently bought something from Currys PC World – or just logged into their site to check out the latest Bank Holiday deals – chances are you are assuming this prize draw is the real deal. The email contains a prominent “Get Started” button that supposedly walks you through the process of redeeming the prize.
Unfortunately, it’s all a scam.
Currys PC World is not currently handing out free Dyson vacuum cleaners. The email is designed to try to steal your banking information. To do that, the fraudulent Currys PC World giveaway team will charge a small fee of £ 1 to cover the delivery cost of your prize. When you enter your credit or debit card information, this information is passed directly to the cyber criminals behind the email scam, allowing them to start their own shopping spree behind your back.
“You are the lucky online winner of a brand new free entry to Dyson Vacuum Sweepstakes! It only takes a minute to receive this fantastic prize,” promises an example of the scam email.
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A few variants of this scam are currently circulating in the UK, with some versions promising a free MacBook Pro or Nespresso machine as a price. Needless to say, these are all fake and designed to use the same £ 1 delivery charge to access your bank details.
Ray Walsh, a digital privacy expert at ProPrivacy, said of the recent email: “Consumers in the UK should be on the lookout for unexpected emails from Currys PC World to avoid being ripped off by a fake contest. The email looks real and includes all the official logos and letters you’d expect from the electric giant.
“If you follow the Get Started link to claim sought-after rewards, such as a Dyson vacuum cleaner or a Nespresso machine, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire. This allows hackers to steal your data for identity theft and further phishing campaigns. Some versions of the phishing email redirected the recipient to a page asking a £ 1 delivery fee to post the prize. If payment details are provided, the victim will provide their address and bank details to criminals.
While this is an advanced phishing scam that successfully mimics the popular brand, there are some indications that it is not legitimate. If you look closely, you will see that the emails are from [email protected] and not from an official corporate email account. As is always the case, if something seems too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. “
If you are a little late reading this article and you have fallen for one of these growing numbers of email scams, you need to act quickly.
First report the scam to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040. If you have entered your payment information on a website or online form that you believe was set up by hackers, you should contact your bank to report the error. This ensures that they are very alert to possible fraud. It also means they can give you a new card if they think the details have already been compromised.
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