Shoppers warned of Marks & Spencer gift voucher Scam

The National Cyber Security Centre recently reported that shoppers had been targeted by a cyber scam in which criminals posed as the Marks & Spencer CEO, Steve Rowe.

A malicious website link was sent to individuals encouraging them to claim a free gift voucher as part of a prize draw.

The M&S boss is not the only recognisable figure to be used as a hook for a scam. The NCSC have reported other recent spoofs in which criminals have attempted cyber-attacks on followers of chat show host, Graham Norton and Virgin Founder, Richard Branson.

If you receive an offer which seems out of character, be cautious of clicking on any links. It’s best to only interact with emails from senders you can trust and always check for the padlock symbol at the top of your browser when visiting your favourite brand’s website.

You can report any suspicious email anonymously to Action Fraud or via the NCSC’s Suspicious Email Reporting Service: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/report-suspicious-emails

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The Business Resilience Centre for the North East (NEBRC) is a non-profit organisation which exists to support and help protect North East England businesses from cyber crimes.

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