Thursday, 27 April 2017

Watch Out! Primark £100 voucher scam doing the rounds on Facebook




There's an irritating scam doing the rounds on Facebook. It's telling people they've been given £100 worth of Primark vouchers.
Obviously, it's tempting – £100 is not to be scoffed at. Especially at Primark, where it'd buy you practically an entire wardrobe.
The post is being widely circulated. It promises the £100 vouchers for anyone who clicks on the link and follows a set of instructions.
Obviously, usually, these things are easy to spot. But this one looks more legitimate than most, and like any other online scam, you'll be opening your computer or device up for all sorts of viruses.

It looks like this


This isn't real!
The fake promotion is also being sent via direct messages automatically by those who've fallen for it. Fraudsters say the clothing coupons are part of Primark's anniversary celebrations – and everyone's entitled to claim.
The post has been doing the rounds since the beginning of the year and a few unwitting users have fallen for it. Some reports of £500 'vouchers' have also surfaced.
The scam tricks people into disclosing their personal information via an online survey – which you have to complete in order to 'claim' the £100 'vouchers'.
After following the link, users are taken to a fake website and asked to answer questions. It then instructs people to share the post.

The code has NOTHING to do with Primark

The survey asks unsuspecting clothes-hungry people to share addresses, phone numbers, and more. Doing so might lead to the unknown subscription to an expensive text messaging service.
Website Hoax-slayer told the Daily Post : "The post is not associated with Primark in any way and the claim that vouchers are being given away is a lie. The post is a scam designed to trick users into participating in bogus online surveys.
"No matter how many surveys users complete, they will never receive one of the promised vouchers."
Victims may also be inundated with unwanted phone calls, emails and junk mail.
In all cases, the user never receives the promised voucher.
Those who may have unwittingly fallen for the scam are advised to change their Facebook passwords immediately on all devices and to report suspicious posts and apps.



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