Tesco warns customers over new text message phishing scam that uses car number plates to con victims out of money
- The scam was revealed on Facebook by savvy shoppers who received the text
- Tesco assured customers that it would never ask them for personal details
- The supermarket giant has not yet confirmed the origin of the messages but it is believed to be a phishing attempt
UK supermarket giant Tesco has warned customers over a new text message phishing scam that uses car number plates to con victims out of money.
The scam was revealed on Facebook by savvy shoppers who shared images of screenshots of messages they assumed were from fraudsters.
The text messages provide the recipient with three names and their car number plates, along with a message congratulating them, before asking the customer to confirm by pressing a link in the body of the message.
Social media users approached Tesco on the issue, with one of the posts reading: ‘I’m guessing this is a scam text?!’
Tesco shoppers were sent the above messages from an unknown number
The supermarket giant said it would never ask its customers for personal details
Tesco has not yet confirmed the origin of the messages but it is believed to be a phishing attempt.
Those customers who click the link will usually be proved from personal information, the data is then used by scammers to gain more information and steal your hard earned cash.
In response to the post Tesco confirmed that the text is a scam and added that it would never send customers messages asking for personal information.
The Tesco spokesperson said: ‘Thanks for letting us know about this. I can confirm this is a scam and our phishing team are aware and currently investigating.
‘Our customers’ security is extremely important to us and I’d like to assure you that we would never send any of our customers a message which asks them to input any personal or security details.
‘Please send this in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and delete the message without clicking on any links and we thank you for your patience while we look into this.’