Lidl customers warned over Whatsapp competition scam

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Discount supermarket giant Lidl has issued a warning to its customers about a WhatsApp scam using its branding.

A statement put out by the company on social media this afternoon read: “Dear Lidlers, a number of you have contacted us about a competition to win prizes from Lidl via WhatsApp. Unfortunately this is a scam.

“If in doubt about a competition, please contact us and we’ll be happy to verify any promotion we’re currently running.”

People are urged not to enter their details into the competition. If you’re unsure if a promotion is genuine you can contact Lidl on twitter @LidlUk, search for them on Facebook or contact the firm on call 0800 977 7766/0370 444 1234.

If you suspect an offer is fraudulent you can also contact Action Fraud at http://actionfraud.police.uk/.

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