The WhatsApp scam promises £100 free John Lewis vouchers, to ‘celebrate the retail giant’s 96th anniversary’
The saying goes that ‘if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is’, and that’s definitely true of the latest WhatsApp scam.
The scam promises £100 free John Lewis vouchers, to ‘celebrate the retail giant’s 96th anniversary.’
It reads: “John Lewis is giving away £100 Voucher to celebrate its 96th anniversary. ‘Get your free Voucher at [fake John Lewis website link].
Clicking on the link takes you to a highly-convincing, but fake website, where you’re then prompted to give away your personal details, including your age and address.
It then asks for details of the shop you’d like to visit to collect the voucher, before asking you to send the offer on to 20 further WhatsApp contacts. Reported Mirror
The message has some key signs that it’s a fake, including spelling and grammar mistakes.
However, it appears that several people have already fallen for the scam, with many taking to Twitter to ask John Lewis how to claim their vouchers.
A spokesperson for John Lewis said: “John Lewis & Partners takes cyber security very seriously. We’re aware of the fake voucher scam which is being circulated via WhatsApp.
“If a customer receives the scam message they should delete it immediately and avoid clicking on the link. We’ve alerted Action Fraud and are investigating further as a matter of priority.”