Tesco has issued an urgent warning to shoppers trying to get their hands on a PlayStation 5 after scammers adopted its branding.
The UK’s largest supermarket issued a statement over the weekend warning customers that scammers had created a fake Tesco pre-order page to fool shoppers into handing over hundreds of pounds.
“We have been made aware of an unofficial pre-order site using the Tesco branding,” it said.
“This is in no way affiliated with Tesco or Active OnDemand. Please do not use these sites to pre-order a PS5 or Xbox.”
It came after Tesco introduced new rules limiting customers to one “console per customer in place” as it received another batch of stock last week.
Customer have also been informed that they will need to collect their consoles instore within “two days of the collection date” as home delivery was currently not available.
Since launching back in November Sony says it has sold more than 4.5 million PS5s, but the console’s launch has been plagued by supply chain shortages which have made it near impossible for everyday shoppers to get their hands on one.
The pandemic has led to huge disruption in the manufacturing of semiconductors, which analysts believe will take many more months to recover.
Matched with skyrocketing demand from the automotive and smartphone industries, this shortage means both Sony and its rival Xbox manufacturer Microsoft are simply unable to produce enough consoles to match demand.
The continued drip-feeding of stock to retailers across the UK has inadvertently fuelled the rise of scalper groups and scammers, exacerbating shopper’s inability to get their hands on a PS5.