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'Unclaimed Tesco Voucher' Phishing Scam

Outline
Message purporting to be from Tesco claims that the recipient is eligible to receive 2000 pounds worth of unclaimed Tesco vouchers.

Brief Analysis
The message is not from Tesco and there are no free vouchers as claimed. It is a phishing scam designed to trick users into giving their credit card details and other personal information to Internet criminals.


Example

Dear Customer,

Our Tesco Reward server has identified this email (Address Removed) to have 2000 pounds worth of unclaimed Tesco Vouchers.

It has been difficult to send this vouchers to you because you have not confirmed your records correctly on our server.

Please,carefully follow the link below and fill in all fields correctly to have your vouchers posted to your mailbox.

SAVINGS OR LOAN CUSTOMER CLICK THE LINK BELOW
Savings/Loan Click here to Claim

CREDIT CARD CUSTOMER CLICK THE LINK BELOW
Credit Card Click here to Claim

Note: Follow both links if you have both products with us for easier identification.

With thanks

Chris Bush
UK Managing Director

Tesco unclaimed vouchers



Detailed Analysis
According to this email, which purports to be from Tesco, the recipient is set to get 2000 pounds worth of Tesco vouchers. The message claims that the company has had difficulty in sending the vouchers to the recipient because account records have not been confirmed. The recipient is urged to follow links in the email to provide details, ostensibly so that the vouchers can be sent.


However, the email is not from Tesco and the recipient will not receive any vouchers.  The message is a phishing scam designed to fool unwary recipients into giving their financial and personal data to online criminals.  The links in the messages point to a bogus website that ask for Tesco account login details as well as credit card data and other personal information.

All information submitted on the bogus website can be collected by criminals and used to commit financial fraud and identity theft.

The promise of free shopping vouchers is a common scammer ploy. Be wary of any message that claims that you have been awarded a voucher or gift card and must therefore login to an account to update details. It is always safest to log in to all of your online accounts by entering the account web address into your browser's address bar.


Last updated: August 9, 2013
First published: August 9, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Very.co.uk Shopping Voucher Phishing Scam
Tesco Christmas Voucher Phishing Scam

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