No, Screwfix isn’t giving away power tools for 2022 father’s day celebration. Beware of fake messages circulating via WhatsApp and other social channels. It’s not from a genuine source.
Just like the Heineken Cooler WhatsApp scam text that went viral earlier this week, the 2022 Screwfix Father’s day giveaway text circulating on WhatsApp is a phishing scam.
The message is created by scammers who aim to steal account credentials, personal and financial information. When people visit the link attached to the message they will be made to provide their personal information.
This is where the scam comes in.
When you provide your credit card information, these scammers will delete every dime you have in your bank account. This is because they’re not the legit Screwfix company, and they don’t have any free gift for you.
Meanwhile visiting the link attached to the text, can also expose your phone to malware.
Why It’s a Scam
- The link attached to the message isn’t that of the official Screwfix website which is screwfix.com
- It uses tinyurl.5ru, a known problematic link shortener which often directs to malicious websites
- Screwfix has released a warning on Facebook about the ongoing scam
Meanwhile, if you’ve already clicked on the link you should Install an anti-phishing software. This will scan your device and protect it from any virus attack.
What Should You Do If You Receive Phishing Texts Like This
No matter how convincing it sounds, you shouldn’t visit the link or links attached to such messages/mails or send your personal information.
The first thing you should do is ignore such messages, and look for reviews online about it.