Currys isn’t offering you a £500 voucher or a free Dyson V11 to ‘reward your feedback’. Here’s what the fake emails look like.
Two emails purporting to have been sent by Currys PC World have been confirmed as fakes by the business. The first uses recognisable brand colours and logos in an attempt to deceive people into ‘winning’ a £500 gift card.
But the email is nothing to do with Currys and is an attempt to send you through to third-party sites that will likely eventually request sensitive information.
The second email follows similar tactics by promising something for nothing: in this case a Dyson V11. You may recall similar emails from last year regarding Dyson ‘loyalty programs’ that were nothing to do with the brand.
Both of these emails contain tactics that we’ve seen many, many times before with phishing emails; promising something for nothing and attempting to get you to click through without first scrutinising the email in detail. In both cases, the senders’ email was nothing to do with Currys, while both were linking through to suspicious websites.
Currys confirmed that both emails are fakes. A spokesperson said:
“We have been alerted to this phishing email from customers and colleagues and in no part has this activity been undertaken by our business. Unfortunately there are a large number of cyber criminals who are constantly attempting to dupe unsuspecting shoppers. We would encourage people to be vigilant and ensure that any emails they are receiving from outside parties are genuine before opening or interacting with them.
If a genuine communication is being sent by Currys, it will always have currys.co.uk in the email address. If people do spot a suspicious email we would urge them to report it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service which has been set up by the Government to combat this behaviour: email@example.com”
As always, if you think you may have handed over sensitive information, such as bank details, to fraudsters, it’s imperative that you alert your bank as soon as possible.
We’re keen to hear if you’ve received similar emails impersonating Currys or any other retailers. Please let us know in the comments, and make use of our Scams Sharer tool.