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Phishing E-mail Campaign Aims at Tesco Buyers

Customers of Tesco the supermarket giant in UK was recently targeted with a phishing campaign that duped them into giving away personal as well as other financial information. The scam continues to go strong, published softpedia.com dated June 6, 2013.

Internauts likely to get victimized get e-mails that tell them they'll receive a payment if they answer a Tesco questionnaire for certain client satisfaction survey.

The fake electronic mail informs the recipient that he has been chosen for clicking the client satisfaction survey from Tesco, as also be rewarded with 60 pounds that'll be deposited into his account. However, for reaching the said survey, the user requires taking down a form given as an e-mail attachment. When he opens that form, he'll find the steps for getting the reward, the message explains.

But, if anyone follows the web-link embedded on the phishing e-mail, he'll get diverted onto a Chinese site that rapid-fires questions followed with directing him to provide his payment card number.

Precisely, anybody unknowingly hitting the web-link is led onto one page containing the questionnaire, which at first questions about his marketing practices. Nevertheless, when the questionnaire is about to finish, he's enquired about further personal details such as his birth-date and payment card number.

It's unknown as to the number of people who've gotten victimized with the malicious campaign, while though Tesco has effectively been able in getting the particular website shutdown, more may surface later on.

One Tesco Spokesman remarked that alongside several other companies, his firm was time-and-again attacked with the above kind of phishing e-mails, however, when it became aware of the same, it made the effort towards closing the scam sites at the earliest. He added that the job in the current instance had been accomplished, thus reported irishexaminer.com during the end-week of May 2013.

Conclusively, in a similar phishing e-mail scam targeting a major supermarket during May 2013, Woolworths of Australia-spoofed e-mails posing as conducting one "Client Satisfaction Survey" asserted that e-mail readers will get AUD50 as gift certificate by simply following a web-link and take part within one brief five-question online-survey.

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