Lidl does not offer a € 50 gift card to randomly selected Internet users. This is a new scam that is spreading on the web. This scam aims to recover your bank details in order to empty the contents of your account. The German brand quickly warned consumers in a statement.
For several weeks, hackers have exploited Lidl’s notoriety to try to trap Internet users. To deceive the vigilance of their victims, the crooks rely on a worn-out but formidable method: the fake gift card. In an email or a message sent to Facebook, the hackers claim that Lidl has decided to offer a gift card, with a value that usually does not exceed 50 euros.
To get this voucher, which is supposed to be valid at all Lidl stores, the crooks ask the victim to take a “quick” online survey. The crooks then relay the Internet user to a fake website which perfectly copies the interface of the official Lidl site.
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Phishing attempt lures internet users with fake Lidl gift cards
At the end of this survey, the dummy site asks for the internet user’s bank details. Less suspicious consumers, such as the elderly, are at risk of disclosing their contact details. With this information, the hackers will make transfers using the bank account. It’s about a phishing attempt (or phishing) quite classic. If you have fallen into the trap, all you have to do is contact your bank and oppose your card.
Some victims also claim to have been contacted by phone by individuals posing as Lidl employees. In this case, the crooks push their victims to contact a premium rate number based abroad or to unwittingly subscribe to expensive, unnecessary subscriptions.
A few months ago, a Belgian sexagenarian also paid the price for this phishing campaign. Contacted on Facebook, she was unwittingly subscribed to an online gaming site. “I have already lost 38 years” regrets the Belgian. This scam did not offer a gift card but a smart cooker. “It was a Lidl ad for a contest. Usually, I never click on it. But it’s Lidl, and since I always go to Lidl, I thought to myself: why not? It was to win a smart cooker ” testifies the victim.
This scam has been spreading on social networks for more than 2 years. To get the smart cooker offered by Lidl, the victim is invited to pay the sum of € 1 for the shipping costs. The hackers then recover the details of the credit card. Behind this scam, there was a company based in Cyprus.
Lidl recommends ignoring emails and reporting scams
In a long press release published on its website, Lidl warns internet users. “Some of our customers are victims of fraudulent phone calls or emails from people posing as Lidl employees. Lidl is in no way responsible for these calls and / or sending emails “ ensures the German brand.
Lidl encourages “Report these actions on the website www.internet-signalement.gouv.fr“ or by SMS to 33700. This is a spam reporting service set up by operators and the State Secretariat for Industry and Consumer Affairs, service editors and hosting providers.
For spotting phishing attacks, we recommend that you first take a look at the sender’s email address. If the address does not match the email address displayed on the official Lidl website, you are likely the target of a scam. Also note the presence of misspellings or approximate syntax. Finally, you often find that phishing emails are generally anonymous (your name does not appear in the email).
This isn’t the first time we’ve been warning our readers about scams masquerading as Lidl. Phishing attacks that highlight fake gift cards regularly wreak havoc on social networks, especially on Facebook. Have you been targeted by this phishing attack? We await your testimony in the comments below.