Asda and Morrisons online grocery customers are being targeted by scammers who are sending fake delivery text messages in an effort to gain their personal information.
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has warned customers not to send any personal information or install any tracking apps as a spate of new digital scams sweeps the UK.
According to the CTSI it has seen a number of SMS messages stating that an Asda or Morrisons order is out for delivery “on the off chance that the recipient has placed an order with the particular supermarket.”
They will then be asked to click on a link which it says will allow them to track their order, but will in fact be used to obtain personal details from the recipient.
“The public should be aware that these campaigns are not limited to the Asda or Morrisons brands, and they may receive messages quoting the names of other major supermarket chains,” CTSI lead officer Katherine Hart said.
It comes amid a spate of similar delivery scams, with fraudsters posing as Royal Mail, various banks or the government to target online shoppers.
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Last week Vodaphone issued a warning over a new Flubot scam, which sees fraudsters send text messages posing as a package delivery firm, prompting the user to install a ‘tracking app’.
This tracking app is actually a piece of called Flubot which can take over devices and spy on a devices sensitive data including online banking details.
An Asda spokesman said: “We are aware of a string of scams that are being sent to customers impersonating various different brands, including Asda, through SMS messages.
“We will never ask for any personal information through text messages, and any SMS communication from us does not come from a mobile number.
“We would like to remind our customers that they should never click on suspicious links, but if anyone is unsure about any communication claiming to be from Asda, please contact our customer services team.”