Supermarket Voucher Scams – How to Spot Coupon Scams UK
These days it’s getting harder and harder to tell if a voucher or coupon is real or not. Scammers and fraudsters are getting better in making the prize look real and as if it came from the actual company.
Supermarket voucher scams can be found online, email and social media, and knowing how they operate can save you from being conned.
Here are a few and hard rules to tell if a supermarket voucher or coupon is fake.
Real or Fake Asda Voucher?
Asda voucher scams will dangle a tempting voucher in hopes of capturing your personal data.
The voucher amount is usually big, ranging from £200 to £250, and the reason is usually because of their 68th anniversary. The offer will have a link you can click on- a webpage will open and you’ll be required to fill up the form.
A cursory glance should tell you if the voucher offer is real or not. Clear signs include grammar and spelling mistakes, inconsistency with the content and thinking, ‘isn’t it too good to be true?’
Also, these vouchers and offers can be found on the official Asda website, and if it’s not there then it’s most probably a fake.
Real or Fake Tesco e-mail Offer or Voucher?
Tesco survey scams and fake vouchers have been around since 2020. Fraudsters try new scams regularly since Tesco is a popular supermarket and hope to lure in unsuspecting victims.
The latest is a voucher for £45 in exchange for your data. After the survey you’ll find a blank page and no voucher code. On social media, tweets and emails promising amounts between £50 to £500 are being offered in exchange for surveys.
Worse, you may find yourself subscribed to a premium SMS service where you get charged every month.
Spelling mistakes and sender email address are the two things you should look out for. If Tesco isn’t running any promotion on their official website then there’s a chance that you could be facing a scam.
Real or Fake Lidl Voucher?
Lidl fake vouchers are marked by a singular aspect- they will try to pry your bank details from you by pretending to be a survey.
Remember, no supermarket in the UK or any company for that reason will ask you for your bank details. This alone should ring off warning bells and convince you to exit the offer as soon as possible.
Like other supermarket voucher scams, they start with a tale that your receipt is a winner of a grand prize draw, and that you need to pay a certain amount in order to enter.
Lidl representatives say that competitions are only legitimate if they are advertised on official channels.
Beware of other fake Lidl offers, such as free groceries that are currently circulating around WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. There’s also one that tries to take advantage of the pandemic and unsuspecting people who don’t mind getting a voucher from their favourite supermarket store.
It’s best to exercise caution- don’t just click on any links or enter your personal information.
Real or Fake Aldi Coupon or Voucher?
Scammers regularly run operations on social media and email in an effort to steal people’s personal data.
The classic bait and switch technique begins with a hook- you can get a prize such as an Aldi coupon usually worth somewhere around Â£200 but only if you click or tap on a link and sharing your information.
This may sound innocent enough but then you’ll find that there’s no coupon, and that the data you gave will be sold to other people or company for profit.
It may be harder to detect if a coupon is fake or not since Aldi is known for running promotions on a regular basis. However, you can rely on spelling and grammar errors to tell if it’s real, as well as the amount that they’re giving away. £200 is a bit too much, and if they gave that away then they’ll be going bankrupt in no time.
Real or Fake Sainsbury Voucher?
Sainsbury shoppers are most likely to receive solicitation, particularly a free £120 voucher for their thoughts. However, this is a scam and you shouldn’t fall for it.
Fraudsters are known for recycling scam content, and aside from anniversaries and the COVID-19 pandemic they’ll use other tactics so you could give up your details.
The consequence of falling for a Sainsbury voucher scam include getting spam emails suddenly out of nowhere. Remember, Sainsbury and other supermarkets won’t just give away hundreds of pounds’ worth of coupons, vouchers or free groceries. Follow our advice and delete the email or message, then report it on official Sainsbury channels.
Real or Fake Morrisons Voucher?
If you’re noticing a pattern with the fake vouchers and scams, then you’re one step closer to becoming an informed consumer.
Morrisons and Sainsbury are getting their names soiled on a scam that’s circulating on the internet and social media. The message usually starts with a £75 voucher offer for their anniversary, then a link so you could claim it. You’re then redirected to a scam page where all your data is collected.
Real or Fake Waitrose Voucher?
Waitrose vouchers are offered on WhatsApp, but upon closer inspection the website is not coming from official sources. You should be aware of how the scammers make it look like you’re going to the right webpage but it’s all a trick to capture your personal data.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. £250 is a bit too much to give to customers even if a supermarket chain is celebrating its anniversary.
It’s better to be safe than sorry, and in this case you can practice good judgment and simply delete the message.
These are just some of the signs that a supermarket voucher is fake and that you’re being scammed for your personal information or bank details.
To save money, you should follow official Twitter and Facebook feeds as well as check cashback sites for real discount codes and vouchers.