Category: social media scam

WhatsApp Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s Scam

WhatsApp messages offer free supermarket vouchers, but it’s just a scam.

Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s have been warning their customers about a possible scam over WhatsApp that tries to trick people into giving away their personal details. Both supermarkets are very clear that this is nothing to do with them.

These messages are similar to the ones which have done the rounds on Facebook and Twitter previously – under the names of various retailers.

One such message reads:

“I just received a free £150 gift vouchers from Morrisons.

“Get yours before the offer ends.

“Thanks me later.”

It then links to a fake webpage to make your claim.

The fake page appears to be an online survey asking for your personal information, including your email address, home address and phone number, before the ‘free gift voucher’ can be sent to you.

When the survey is complete, customers are asked to select WhatsApp friends to share the deal with. The promotional message and link is then sent to all of those contacts. This is how the scam spreads so quickly.

If you have fallen for this scam – you may need to change your login and password and be careful of anyone calling or emailing seeming to know details about you.

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Twitter Shock Messages

A recent scam uses the fear of public humiliation, to make people click without thinking.

This scam involves receiving a private message to your Twitter account.

The message often has the following sorts of wording, designed to cause shock:-

  • You have been filmed in suspicious activity
  • Is that really you in the picture?
  • What are you doing with her?
  • Isn’t she a bit young for you?
  • You were recorded
  • Why are you in this video clip?
  • How are you going to hide this video?

There is a link to click to see the supposed video.  If clicked, the victim sees a page with a video player and a message indicating an update to YouTube is needed before the video can be viewed.

But the supposed update is actually a virus instead, which will infect your device.

If you receive such a message, then you may want to carry out the following steps:-

  1. Block the sender from your Twitter account
  2. Send Twitter a report about the malware and /or threatening message.
  3. Delete the message

Sometimes, the scammers use an innocent persons Twitter account to send out the messages. If you find your account is being used for this purpose then you need to take immediate measures to reset your password and revoke connections to third-party applications. Also report the problem to Twitter so they don’t label you as a spammer.

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Fake LinkedIn Messages

Many scammers have woken up to the fact that a lot of users of LinkedIn trust it more than do Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.  After all, it’s for business people only? – right?

This scammer is using the name Jane Davies (although the email says it’s from Edgar Williams) and the title is “You have private message from Jane Davies”

The layout of the message and the text is copied directly from a LinkedIn message so it does look realistic and what could be the harm in reading a LinkedIn message?

But the message is actually from and is not from LinkedIn so clicking on it could lead to a fake website, or fake page simulating LinkedIn.


Another give-a-way is that further in the email are links to view/reply to the message and one to adjust your message settings.

Both of these links are actually identical to the first one to read the message – the scammer cannot be bothered creating three separate links so just duplicates the first ones and makes them look different.

Do not click on LinkedIn messages unless you are convinced they are genuine.

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Whatsapp Ryanair Scam

WhatsApp users are being put on alert about a scam offering free Ryanair flights.

Ryanair have warned their customers by tweeting that this is a fraud and there are no free flights.

The hoax message, which is being circulated on the APP, features the Ryanair logo right at the top which makes it look authentic.

The message claims the offer is only for today so as to pressurise the reader to act and gives a countdown of the number of tickets remaining.

The message says: “Congratulations! You have qualified to obtain 2 Free Tickets!”.

The WhatsApp scam then asks victims to share the hoax message with 15 of their friends or groups to spread the fake offer further.

The user must then input their details to obtain the tickets.

This just a phishing scam – there are no tickets but if you do input your details, the scammer can sell that information to other fraudsters.

Ryanair are clear that this is s just a scam.

“Ryanair is not active on WhatsApp and the only place to win Ryanair flights is on our official Facebook and Twitter accounts, both of which have the ‘blue tick’ verification”.

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