Current competition scams to watch out for

Unfortunately, scams seem to be part and parcel of comping these days, and there are many ways that scammers try to take advantage of those of us that enjoy entering prize promotions.

Experienced compers are getting good at spotting the difference between fake and genuine messages, but new compers are definitely at risk from scams. I’ll be keeping this blog post up to date with the latest scams affecting compers. Please do share it with new compers!

Currys PC World text message

A congratulatory text message using your first name is a common way scammers try to get your attention. It usually has grammar or spelling errors. Clicking the link will take you to a website where you’re presented with a list of winners – one of which is you, of course! There’s usually a time limit on clicking to claim, and you’ll be asked to pay a fee to get your ‘prize’. This particular scam went to mynewphone365.com and asked for card details.

You’ll see this was a scam I personally received – I don’t actually get many scam texts, but I know the scammers have my details from a long time ago as my address is listed as Nottingham. All it takes is an entry into one dodgy prize draw, and your personal details can be sold on to many scammers and used to send you spam for years. 

SurveyQuick – win a Samsung Galaxy S20

Watch out for SurveyQuick adverts claiming ‘you have 1 unread message’ – clicking on it will take you to an online scratchcard type game where you ‘win’ a Samsung Galaxy S20. You’re then asked to pay £2 for shipping. Never make any payments to receive a prize!

Amazon survey – win a MacBook

Watch out for WinMyPrize247 adverts online, while you’re entering competitions on other websites – the screenshot below was taken by one of my readers after she clicked on a link advertising an ‘Amazon survey to win a MacBook Pro‘ on the Virgin Radio competitions page.

The survey advert links to a page where you can enter to win a MacBook Pro for just £1. TrustPilot reviews of the Win My Prize 247 website tell us that once you’ve paid the £1, you’re then charged a monthly subscription fee of £49.95 to remain a member of the site, and many have been scammed. Be warned!

If you believe an advert is leading to a scam website, there should be a small button you can click to report it to the ad network (in the case of Virgin Radio, this is Google – but here on SuperLucky, it’s Mediavine). These adverts are NOT related to the websites they appear on, and could appear anywhere online.

Royal Mail text message scam

If you enter competitions, you can expect plenty of unexpected parcels in the post. You might have received a ‘Your parcel is waiting for delivery’ text message claiming to be from Royal Mail, asking you to pay a delivery fee at the fake website https://royalmail-settlement.com. The real Royal Mail website is www.royalmail.com. If you do need to pay for underpaid Royal Mail postage, you’ll get a card through your door with instructions on where to collect your item, and how to pay.

Read more: How to spot a scam text message

Fake Console & gadget giveaways on Twitter

Twitter scammers are setting up accounts to run tech giveaways – and unfortunately when one is reported and shut down, another seems to pop up. The scammers set up a simple fake RT prize draw, then message multiple entrants congratulating them on winning. In the DM they ask for shipping fees to be paid via PayPal before the prize can be dispatched. You should never have to pay money to receive a prize! NEVER give card details or make PayPal or BACS payments. to a promoter. When entering a competition, look for a closing date and proper T&Cs – and check that the promoter has a working website link in their Twitter/Instagram bio, or on their Facebook About page.

Instagram and Facebook profile cloning scam

If you’ve commented on any Instagram or Facebook competitions recently, you’re likely to be targeted by scammers. They set up fake accounts pretending to be the competition promoter then message entrants with a link. When you visit the link, you may be asked to give personal and card details to pay for the delivery cost of your prize. If your small fee payment is successful, the scammers will go on to deduct a larger amount from your card. The clue to these scammers is that they follow you on Instagram first, most have a private profile, and they usually have one character different in their name to the genuine account. In addition, their English is usually terrible, with poor spelling and grammar.

To report the accounts on Instagram, tap the three dots on the right of their profile page, then Report from the menu and select It’s inappropriate. Select Report account then It’s posting content that shouldn’t be on Instagram, and Scam or Fraud

Read more: Facebook & Instagram profile cloning scam

Report scams to Action Fraud

If you’ve been the victim of a scammer and it’s cost you money, report the scam to the police through Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or report a scam anonymously on the Action Fraud website.

For more information on scams affecting compers, please see these blog posts:

If you’ve spotted a current scam targeting compers, please let me know via my contact page, so I can add the details to this post!

5 Responses

  1. HAZEL ABBOTT says:

    RVs & Campers sent Today at 3:59 PM
    Hey Hazel,

    ​First off thanks for entering our competition! We would just like to say a massive thanks and a HUGE congratulations! We drew 100 names this morning and your name was pulled out of the hat!

    ​In order for us to confirm your name and email we require everyone to click CONTINUE below and visit our website.
    All 100 entrants have until 9am tomorrow morning (Sunday) to enter. Just wondered if anybody else has received this message and if its a scam. Thank you in advance

  2. Sylvia Robbins says:

    This is full of useful information – thank you, Di.
    I’ve been reporting scams for a long time, and have realised that Facebook are stupid, and will do nothing about those ‘you win’ posts. They don’t recognise the slight difference between the real and fake companies.
    I report them all, and phishing emails to : report@phishing.gov.uk.
    I also report the many scam emails by forwarding it to the company. eg spoof@paypal.com, spoof@lidl.com, and many others.
    Sometimes it’s possible to find the sender by reading the raw email. One has the user name of astra followed by a number, which I cut and pasted to the gov. address
    I hope this is useful in addition to what you’ve shared with us.
    Much love from, Sylvia. xx

  3. Mary says:

    Very helpful information. Thank you.

  4. Polly Powers says:

    Twice today I have reported accounts to Facebook that are fake accounts pretending to be official pages and replies from Facebook is the accounts are not against their. Two competitions within minutes of each other were taken down by companies because of fake accounts being set up. Sadly It’s going to stop companies wanting to do competitions if it doesn’t get sorted out soon.

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