Spoof Facebook accounts posing as Iceland and Morrisons have been shared thousands of times. The posts say the supermarkets have ‘thousands of food products due to expire’ that they’d ‘normally bin’, but are instead giving it all away to anyone who shares and comments on the post.

The cost of living crisis is even referenced, with the posts mentioning that they ‘know times are tough at the moment’. These posts are fake and are nothing to do with Iceland or Morrisons. But that hasn’t stopped approximately 52,000 people from sharing them.

So what’s the scam?
  • The goal of the posts is to reach as many people as possible in the hope that some of them will click through to websites that request personal information. This will likely include contact information and, in some circumstances, bank details by requesting a card payment.
They have nothing to do with either Morrisons or Iceland. In fact, they’re very similar to fake posts in 2020 claiming to be from Currys which were shared thousands of times on Facebook, telling people they could win a free TV if they tagged three friends.

The more people who share the posts, the more who will see them and pass them on. Eventually posts like these will have been seen by hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people, which will only make them appear more genuine.

As a result, the fake pages behind the posts will build up a following and significantly increase the chances of lots of people being duped and handing over their personal details.
  • As with the majority of scams these posts are offering something for nothing and are attempting to rush people into sharing them.
  • If you’ve come across these posts and shared them with Facebook friends then you may want to reach out to your contacts and let them know not to click through on any of their links.
  • However, if you’ve gone further and submitted personal information via the websites, be very wary of any follow-up contact on the details you gave.
  • If you think you’ve given bank details to fraudsters, let your bank know what’s happened immediately.
Council tax scam

The UK government announced details of a £150 council tax rebate earlier this year, to help ease the rising cost of energy bills. But it hasn’t taken long for scammers to seize on the opportunity.

The scammers claim to be associated with the council and explain a refund is due. They then ask for your bank details in order to pay out the £150 rebate.

According to those who’ve fallen victim to this scam, handing over personal details has led to large sums of money being deducted from bank accounts shortly after parting with the information.
  • The scams to date have largely taken the form of a phone call, but it’s also important to keep an eye out for phishing mails offering council tax rebates, and text messages too.
  • In short, you should be wary of any requests for your personal and financial details via text message or email too.
  • While local councils are responsible for administering the rebates they never ever ask for bank details over the phone, via email or text.
Those who pay for council tax by direct debit will receive the government’s energy rebate directly into their bank account.

If you don’t pay your council tax via direct debit then you will be sent a letter (not by phone, email or text) with details of how to claim the rebate.