Dyson followers warned of harmful vacuum cleaner scams within the UK

A number of UK residents have started receiving emails allegedly from well-known stores like Curry’s PC World congratulating them on winning a Dyson vacuum cleaner. If you’ve recently purchased something from Currys PC World, or just signed up on their website to catch up on the latest holiday deals, there’s a good chance you’re assuming this raffle is the real deal acts. The email has a prominent Get Started button that supposedly walks you through the process of redeeming the prize.

Unfortunately, It’s all a scam.

Currys PC World does not currently distribute free Dyson vacuums. The email was created in an attempt to steal your banking information. To this end, the fraudulent Currys PC World advertising team is charging a small fee of £ 1 to cover the cost of delivering your prize. When you enter your credit or debit card details, that information is passed straight to the cyber crooks behind the email scam so they can go shopping on their own behind your back.

“You are the lucky online winner of a FREE competition for Dyson Vacuum! It only takes a minute to get this amazing prize,” promised an example of the scam email.

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Some variations of this scam are currently floating around in the UK, with some versions promising a free MacBook Pro or Nespresso coffee machine as a prize. Needless to say, all of these products are counterfeit and use the same £ 1 shipping fee to get access to your banking information.

Ray Walsh, ProPrivacy digital privacy expert, told Express.co.uk: “UK consumers need to be on the lookout for unexpected emails from Currys PC World to avoid being scammed by fake competition. The email looks real and includes all of the official logos and lettering you would expect from an electric giant.

“When you follow the Get Started link to search for coveted rewards like a Dyson vacuum cleaner or a Nespresso coffee machine, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire. This allows hackers to steal your information for identity theft and other phishing campaigns. Some versions of the phishing email have redirected the recipient to a page asking a £ 1 delivery fee for the price to be published. When payment details are provided, the victim gives the criminals their address and bank details.

“While this is a sophisticated phishing scam that successfully embodies the popular brand, there is some evidence to suggest that it is illegitimate. If you look carefully, you will find that the emails are from CurrysPCWorld@gmail.com and not from an official corporate email account. As always, if something seems too good to be true, it’s likely a scam. “

If you are reading this article a little late and have fallen in love with one of these growing numbers of email scams, then you need to act quickly.

First, report the scam to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. If you have entered your billing information on a website or online form that you believe was set up by hackers, you should contact your bank to get it report the bug. This ensures that they are on high alert in the event of potential fraud. It also means they can provide you with a new card if they think the details are already compromised.

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