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Fake News: Tesco Did NOT Announce Everyone Who Shares a Link Will Be Sent £50 Voucher

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 04 Jun 2019 12:21:03 Z)

Did Tesco announce that everyone who shares this link will be sent a £50 voucher for its anniversary.? No, that's not true: the site is a scam that tries to steal people's data or sends them to ad-filled websites for dodgy products and offers. Don't fall for it.

The scam recently appeared on a website (archived here) named tesco.co.uk.summerpromo.win where it was published under the title "Tesco has announced that everyone who shares this link will be sent a £50 voucher for It's anniversary.". It read:

Answer a few questions for your chance to get a £50 Tesco voucher with our giveaway

To get the voucher offer you must answer a few questions first

Screenshot of http://tesco.co.uk.summerpromo.win/

The questions must be answered by clicking a series of buttons that do nothing. A fake confirmation message appears, followed by this message:

tescoscam.jpg

The "Share" button will share the scam to more people and the "Claim Voucher" button will redirect to a variety of dodgy offers and websites.

The website "summerpromo.win" was only registered (anonymously) on May 27, 2019 and has nothing to do with the real tesco.co.uk website. But by sticking that to the front of the URL the scammers made it look like they were affiliated with the real website.

Don't fall for it!

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

Read more about or contact Maarten Schenk

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