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WhatsApp Users Are Warned NOT To Click On Or Forward Hoax Black Friday Offer

A scam circulating on WhatsApp is asking users to enter a ‘Black Friday competition’ to win discounts and offers.

The chain message has been circulating on the app and encourages people to do a survey to win coupons from supermarket chain Spar.

The hoax is thought to have originated in South Africa last Friday but is said to have picked up steam, spreading to the UK and Ireland.

The message reads: ‘SPAR in honour of ”Black Friday” in November, is giving away the free coupons worth R2999. I just received my coupon https://lupx.info/spar’. ‘

The R2999 is South African rand currency and amounts to around £166.

The retail giant has warned their customers not to click into the link or to forward the message to other contacts.

If you click on the link it will take you to a clone of Spar’s webpage to ‘complete a survey on the supermarket’s customer service before prompting you to forward the message onto other contacts.

WhatsApp users are warned NOT to click on or forward hoax Black Friday offer: Supermarket discounts ‘deal’ is a scam to steal personal information

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A scam circulating on WhatsApp is asking users to enter a ‘Black Friday competition’ to win discounts and offers.

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The chain message has been circulating on the app and encourages people to do a survey to win coupons from supermarket chain Spar.

The hoax is thought to have originated in South Africa last Friday but is said to have picked up steam, spreading to the UK and Ireland.

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Spar Ireland has warned their customers not to click into the link or to forward the message to other contacts on Facebook and Twitter. They tweeted: 'There is a scam circulating on WhatsApp claiming to be a SPAR survey. Do not respond to it, it is a hoax.'
Spar Ireland has warned their customers not to click into the link or to forward the message to other contacts on Facebook and Twitter. They tweeted: ‘There is a scam circulating on WhatsApp claiming to be a SPAR survey. Do not respond to it, it is a hoax.’

The message reads: ‘SPAR in honour of ”Black Friday” in November, is giving away the free coupons worth R2999. I just received my coupon https://lupx.info/spar’. ‘

The R2999 is South African rand currency and amounts to around £166.

The retail giant has warned their customers not to click into the link or to forward the message to other contacts.

If you click on the link it will take you to a clone of Spar’s webpage to ‘complete a survey on the supermarket’s customer service before prompting you to forward the message onto other contacts.

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They posted on their Facebook page: ‘SCAM ALERT! Please note that SPAR has no association with this website. Please do not enter your details on this website and don’t share the link.

‘Keep in mind that we will always make mention of a competition either in-store or on our Facebook page.

The company also tweeted about the hoax message: ‘There is a scam circulating on WhatsApp claiming to be a SPAR survey. Do not respond to it, it is a hoax.’

Bizarrely, the same retailer was used in a similar WhatsApp scam, also in South Africa, claiming to be a Spar initiative which urging people to fill in a survey to qualify for a ‘R5000 (£268) voucher’.

Users were then inadvertently subscribed to an automatic daily subscription service, which deducts R7 (39p) from his or her phone bill.

Similar scams have used the messaging platform to target visitors to Paultons Theme Park, the home of Peppa Pig World, and Alton Towers.

Those who mistakenly believed the offers were genuine shared the scam promotional message with friends and family to try to get free tickets to the theme parks.

Those who receive the hoax text should avoid clicking the link, which takes WhatsApp users to a malicious website with an online form for users to input their personal information.

WhatsApp users are warned NOT to click on or forward hoax Black Friday offer: Supermarket discounts ‘deal’ is a scam to steal personal information

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  • If link is clicked it takes you to a clone website and asks you to do a survey

A scam circulating on WhatsApp is asking users to enter a ‘Black Friday competition’ to win discounts and offers.

ADVERTISEMENT

The chain message has been circulating on the app and encourages people to do a survey to win coupons from supermarket chain Spar.

The hoax is thought to have originated in South Africa last Friday but is said to have picked up steam, spreading to the UK and Ireland.

Scroll down for video 

Spar Ireland has warned their customers not to click into the link or to forward the message to other contacts on Facebook and Twitter. They tweeted: 'There is a scam circulating on WhatsApp claiming to be a SPAR survey. Do not respond to it, it is a hoax.'
Spar Ireland has warned their customers not to click into the link or to forward the message to other contacts on Facebook and Twitter. They tweeted: ‘There is a scam circulating on WhatsApp claiming to be a SPAR survey. Do not respond to it, it is a hoax.’

The message reads: ‘SPAR in honour of ”Black Friday” in November, is giving away the free coupons worth R2999. I just received my coupon https://lupx.info/spar’. ‘

The R2999 is South African rand currency and amounts to around £166.

The retail giant has warned their customers not to click into the link or to forward the message to other contacts.

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If you click on the link it will take you to a clone of Spar’s webpage to ‘complete a survey on the supermarket’s customer service before prompting you to forward the message onto other contacts.

They posted on their Facebook page: ‘SCAM ALERT! Please note that SPAR has no association with this website. Please do not enter your details on this website and don’t share the link.

‘Keep in mind that we will always make mention of a competition either in-store or on our Facebook page.

The company also tweeted about the hoax message: ‘There is a scam circulating on WhatsApp claiming to be a SPAR survey. Do not respond to it, it is a hoax.’

Bizarrely, the same retailer was used in a similar WhatsApp scam, also in South Africa, claiming to be a Spar initiative which urging people to fill in a survey to qualify for a ‘R5000 (£268) voucher’.

 A new scam circulating on WhatsApp asking users to enter a Black Friday competition to win £166 (2999 rand) of discounts and offers. The chain message has been circulating on the app since last Friday and encourages people to do a survey  for supermarket chain Spar
 A new scam circulating on WhatsApp asking users to enter a Black Friday competition to win £166 (2999 rand) of discounts and offers. The chain message has been circulating on the app since last Friday and encourages people to do a survey for supermarket chain Spar

Users were then inadvertently subscribed to an automatic daily subscription service, which deducts R7 (39p) from his or her phone bill.

Similar scams have used the messaging platform to target visitors to Paultons Theme Park, the home of Peppa Pig World, and Alton Towers.

Those who mistakenly believed the offers were genuine shared the scam promotional message with friends and family to try to get free tickets to the theme parks.

Those who receive the hoax text should avoid clicking the link, which takes WhatsApp users to a malicious website with an online form for users to input their personal information.

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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU THINK YOU’VE BEEN SCAMMED?

1. Contact the company or person who took your money – this could be fruitless if it’s a scam, but it should be your first port of call.

2. If you bought something costing £100 or more on a credit card, you may be able to claim it back under a little-known law: Section 75. Once you’ve paid using a credit card, the card provider and retailer are locked into a legally binding contract, so if the retailer can’t or won’t refund you, you can raise the dispute with your card provider.

3. If you can’t claim the money back via Section 75 you could try using the charge back scheme. It’s a voluntary agreement by your debit or charge card provider to stand in your corner if anything goes wrong.

4. Unfortunately, if you’ve transferred the money using sites such as Moneygram, Western Union or PayPal, you generally can’t get your money back once you’ve handed it over.

 

 

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