Nectar warns 19m over ‘double points’ phishing scam

nectarLoyalty scheme Nectar has warned its 19 million users to beware of a new phishing scam which offering to double their points simply by clicking a link and logging into their online account.
The scam text comes through a message thread which can look like it is sent by the firm and appears to bear a link to Nectar’s log-in page.
In the text message, card holders are told that to celebrate the scheme’s 10th anniversary, they will be able to double their points by just logging into their accounts via the link included in the text.
But Nectar has warned the message is not genuine and urged card holders who receive it not to click on the link and instead delete the message.
It also said it was not its 10th anniversary – the loyalty scheme was launched 16 years ago in 2002.
Nectar said in a statement: “Customers should always be mindful of phishing scams. After being alerted to a phishing message in circulation we immediately issued a warning advising customers it is not from Nectar and to delete it.’”
Just weeks after buying the Nectar loyalty scheme, Sainsbury’s is already plotting a major overhaul of the programme by trialling a new system which will see loyal and frequent customers rewarded with the greatest number of points.
Under the trial, being run on the Isle of Wight, shoppers will no longer receive one point for every £1 spent in store: instead, they will be rewarded for how frequently and how long they have been shopping with the retailer.
The supermarket giant bought the Nectar business from Aimia in February for £60m.

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