Shop for free at Tesco? Beware - it's another Facebook gift card scam

Filed Under: Facebook, Social networks, Spam

TescoIn the last few days we have warned Facebook users about scams spreading on Facebook claiming that the likes of ASDA, Argos, Pizza Hut, Tim Hortons and Starbucks are offering consumers gift cards and vouchers entitling them to free goods.

Now it's the turn of British supermarket giant to find its brand abused by scammers attempting to earn money by driving internet traffic towards online surveys.

Here are some examples of what is spreading on Facebook right now.

Tesco scam messages on Facebook

Get a FREE Tescho Schop - Up to a value of £500!
To celebrate our birthday, we are giving away thousands of £500! Tesco Gift Vouchers Free

Shop For FREE at Tesco - FREE Tesco Gift Card
To celebrate our birthday, we are giving away thousands of Gift Vouchers FREE [LINK]

Win £500 Tesco Vouchers!
Tesco is giving away more 500 Quid vouchers! Everyone Loves Tesco's low prices for everything from food to stylish clothing.

If you're curious to know more about how the scam works, check out one of our earlier articles referenced above.

Of course, if you were fooled into participating in this scam you probably want to know how to clean up your Facebook account. Remove the message from your newsfeed, so you are no longer spreading it with your online friends and be more careful next time.

Hopefully Facebook's security team will begin to block this campaign soon, before more users are impacted.

Make sure that you keep informed about the latest scams spreading fast across Facebook and other internet attacks. Join the Sophos page on Facebook, where over 140,000 people regularly share information on threats and discuss the latest security news.

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7 Responses to Shop for free at Tesco? Beware - it's another Facebook gift card scam

  1. Robert Gracie · 1450 days ago

    I would take legal action against these people behind these scams thats what I would do if I heard about this its beyond a joke now not funny move on scammers do something else for once!

  2. Ron · 1450 days ago

    how do i get a free tesco card? I want one

    • You want a Tesco gift card without having to pay for one?

      Perhaps ask a kind friend to buy you one for your birthday. I doubt there's any other legitimate way.

  3. TutorTrev · 1432 days ago

    This has now reappeared, but with the message of £50 Primark vouchers free

  4. dwat · 1429 days ago

    Latest variation seems too be a walmart gift card now.

  5. fernando · 1421 days ago

    River Island now.

  6. Madz · 1227 days ago

    'everyone loves shopping at tesco' apart from all those who are boycotting it because of the workfare scheme and tax avoidance. Co op is a much more ethical choice. No such thing as a free lunch.

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley