Police have said people should “watch out” as the convincing message is actually just an effort to get hold of personal information – which could then put anyone who responds at risk. Within 12 days, Action Fraud has received 231 reports about the fake emails, all of which purport to be from Lidl.
“Received a suspicious email? Forward it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime shared a photograph of the email in question, which includes Lidl branding – which is all part of the attempt to fool recipients.
In that message, it said the prize of the day is a food processor.
While it may seem like an easy way to get hold of prizes, clicking the links in the fake email could put people at risk of falling victim to scam attempts in the future – meaning hard-earned savings could be under threat.
“Your bank, or any other official organisation, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text,” Action Fraud warned.
“If you need to check that it’s a genuine message, call them directly.
“Spotted a suspicious email? Forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) – email@example.com.”
In another alert, Action Fraud highlighted another way in which criminals may attempt to dupe innocent members of the public.
This could be by asking people to “login” to their account – but again, the links are not genuine.
Another tactic sees them urge people to “confirm” payment details, something which might not seem out of the ordinary to the recipient.
The alert read: “Received an email or text which you’re not quite sure about? Is it asking you to login to your account, or maybe to “confirm” your payment details?
“If you are suspicious, you should report it by forwarding the email to: Report@phishing.gov.uk #CyberProtect.”
In an effort to reduce the risk of customers falling victim to scams, Lidl has partnered with Take 5 To Stop Fraud.
This campaign offers three tips which people should follow if they receive something which could be a fraudulent email, SMS or social media advert.
1. Stop – take a minute to think
2. Challenge – question the authenticity
3. Protect yourself