A scam involving someone impersonating the CEO of the British retailer Marks & Spencer has been observed by security researchers recently. Advertisements have been posted online that show a man who is of no resemblance to Steve Rowe, the CEO of Marks & Spencer, holding shopping bags, with a message attached that states, “Hello everyone, my name is Steve Rowe and I am the CEO of Marks and Spencer! I’ve an announcement to make – To celebrate our 135th Anniversary, We are giving EVERYONE who shares & then comments by 11:59pm tonight one of these mystery bags containing a £35 M&S voucher plus goodies! Make sure you enter here [URL].” If the link is followed, users will arrive at a page the looks like a portal for M&S that requests name, address, mobile phone number, and bank details including SORT code and account number. It is unknown how many people, if any, have fallen victim to this scam, but it is being widely distributed.
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