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  1. Published on: 28/04/2020 10:20 AMReported by: roving-eye
    Police are warning the public about a new WhatsApp message scam, which poses as the Morrisons supermarket and promises a £250 voucher.

    There have been more than 1,000 victims since the coronavirus pandemic began with Action Fraud stating £2 million has been taken so far.

    The message - which is being shared around WhatsApp - uses the contact name "Morrison's Super Market" and says: "Morrison’s is giving away free groceries worth £250 to support the nation during Corona pandemic. Hurry up! Collect your FREE voucher."

    It then gives a link, which starts with "http".

    All secure links should start with "https", with the "s" standing for secure.

    After clicking the link, you'll be taken to an website which looks genuine.

    You'll be asked to enter some details and invited to share this offer among friends using WhatsApp.

    When going to share this message, you'll be lead to another page informing you that you can win an iPhone 11.

    You’re then asked to pay £1 for handling charges and the scam will request your bank details to process the payment.

    Another way to know that this message is a scam, is that Morrisons doesn't have an apostrophe in it like Sainsbury's does.

    It's important to be extra vigilant to small details like this, which could save you a lot of money.

    Cyber Crime Prevent and Protect Officer, Kirsty Jackson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Criminals will use every opportunity they can to defraud innocent people.

    "They will continue to exploit every angle of this national crisis and we want people to be prepared.
     

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