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Action Fraud warns about supermarket WhatsApp messages

Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber reporting service, has received phishing Whatsapp messages relating to Tesco, Asda, Nike, Marks & Spencer, Aldi and Singapore Airlines.

These are messages attempting to obtain people’s financial details in order to defraud them of money.

Once victims click on the link they are taken to a fake website or survey which request you to enter personal financial details.

The survey or website will then ask you to forward the message on to other people in your contacts. This is why the messages frequently come from trusted contacts.

Since Saturday, 4 November, Action Fraud has been alerted to 33 reports of this kind.

How to protect yourself

• Never click on unsolicited links in messages, even if they appear to come from a trusted contact.
• Clear your browsing history and cookies. Fraudsters may have installed cookies on your phone that track you, or add browser extensions that can be used to show you advertisements.
• Always install software and app updates.

If you have been a victim report it to Action Fraud online or by speaking to a specialist fraud and cyber crime adviser on 0300 123 2040. Also contact any institution you have given details relating to, so that they can take action to prevent fraud.

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