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Morrisons and Sainsbury’s customers targeted by scammers on WhatsApp

Morrisons and Sainsbury’s are the latest big-name retailers being used by scammers looking to trick people via WhatsApp into parting with their personal details. Social messaging service WhatApp is becoming an increasingly popular channel for scammers to use. These two new supermarket cons follow a similar Costa Coffee WhatsApp scam[1] we highlighted last month.

These message usually come from a close friend or relative, tricking the recipient into thinking they’re a safe endorsement and fine to share with their own contacts. We informed Morrisons and Sainbury’s about the fraudulent WhatsApp messages. Morrsions confirmed it is a scam, and Sainsbury’s thanked us for notifying them of the hoax.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: ‘Customers should always be mindful of phishing scams. This message is not from Sainsbury’s and we are advising customers to delete it.’

How WhatsApp scams work

WhatsApp scams are often very similar to other social media ones you might see on Facebook and Twitter. They often feature promotional deals and competitions that are too good to be true, such as free gift vouchers or birthday gift cards.

The URL shared in the message typically contains the name of a big-name retailer, leading people into believe the page it’s linking to is genuine.

But instead, clicking on the link will usually take you to an online survey asking for your personal information, including your email, home address and phone number, before the free ‘prize’ or free ‘gift voucher’ can be sent to you. When the survey is completed, you’re asked to select WhatsApp friends to share the deal with. The promotional message and link is then sent to all of those contacts.

If you’re not sure whether the link or offer in a WhatsApp message is legitimate, don’t click on it. Contact the company directly to ask if the deal is genuine and warn the person who sent it to you. Read our guide on how to spot a social media scam[2] for more information on WhatsApp scams and how to identify them.

What to do if you’ve entered your personal details

If you’ve entered personal details, you need to be extra vigilant.

  • If you receive any suspicious emails or odd postal messaging going forward, ignore them – they could be from a scammer hoping you’ll fall for their next scam.
  • Keep an eye on your credit report and bank accounts – scammers can use personal information to steal your identity and open new accounts or take out credit.

The scammer could also add your details to a ‘suckers lists’ of people who are liable to fall for a future scams, commonly sold on the dark web.

Whatever form a message comes in, make sure you don’t give away any bank details or passwords.

Read our guide on how to spot an email scam[3] for top tips about identifying email scams.

References

  1. ^ Costa Coffee WhatsApp scam (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ how to spot a social media scam (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ how to spot an email scam (www.which.co.uk)

Three iced coffee recipes to keep you cool this summer

Summer is here to stay, and if you’ve spent yet another night tossing and turning due to the heat you’ll probably need a cup of coffee to keep you going once that hazy afternoon stupor sets in. But do you really want to drink a steaming mug of the brown stuff in this weather? Instead, try making your own iced coffee drinks for a refreshing caffeine hit.

We’ve found three cool brews you can make at home that will rival the creations at your local coffee shop – and they’ll be cheaper too. Watch our quick video guide to making iced coffees below, or read on for full recipes and variations to try. You can use either instant coffee or espresso from your coffee machine for all three recipes.

How to make iced coffee – three ways

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Need a new coffee machine? Check our independent coffee machine reviews[1] to find the best. Here’s the full list of ingredients and things you’ll need to make the recipes shown in the video, plus tips and flavour variations to try:

1.

Basic iced coffee

This easy treat takes only moments and is a great way to get your caffeine fix without breaking a sweat.

What you’ll need:

  • Ice cubes
  • A shot of espresso (or instant coffee – see hacks)
  • Milk

Method:

  1. Make an espresso, if you want to add sugar or sweetener do it while the espresso is still hot
  2. Chill the espresso in the fridge or freezer. If you can’t wait for it to cool then you can get away with using it hot.
  3. Fill a glass with ice.
  4. Pour in milk or a milk substitute such as almond or soya milk.
  5. Top with espresso, stir and enjoy!

Try these hacks:

  • Use coffee ice cubes instead of plain ones. This prevents your drink from becoming too diluted when the ice melts.

    To do this, make an Americano, fill up your ice cube tray and freeze it.

  • Use instant coffee made up with a couple of tablespoons of cold water if you don’t have an espresso machine.
  • If you have a Nespresso machine[2], you could try the brand’s limited edition Iced Coffee capsules. Nespresso says the Intenso and Leggero iced pods are specifically designed to taste good with ice. You can use the Nespresso Aeroccino frother to froth cold milk to add to the mix too.

Need help? Find out how to make an espresso, americano and more with our video guide[3].

2.

Greek Frappe

The story goes that this popular foamy iced coffee drink was invented accidentally by a Nescafe representative in Greece in the 1950s when trying to make a quick coffee for himself on a busy afternoon. It has since become a classic outdoor refreshment for those trying to keep cool on baking Mediterranean afternoons. Traditionally it’s made with instant coffee, but you can substitute this for a shot of espresso.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tsp instant coffee and 3 tbsp water (or an espresso)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Ice
  • Milk and / or water
  • Jar with tight fitting lid or shaker

Method:

  1. Shake the coffee and sugar mixture vigorously in the jar or shaker.
  2. Fill a tall glass with ice and pour the mixture in.
  3. Top up with water and milk to taste.

To make the truly frothy-topped Greek version, opt for instant coffee.

Frappes made with espresso will fall flat faster as the oils in the coffee disperse the bubbles more quickly. The more you shake it, the better your foamy top will be, so it depends how energetic you’re feeling.

Try these hacks:

  • We’ve spotted some variations including using Coca Cola in the mix, or ice cream, to make a sweeter drink.
  • You can also use evaporated milk instead of fresh, or a milk substitute such as almond milk.

Up your coffee game with our guide to useful coffee-making gadgets[4].

3. Blended iced coffee

Recreate your favourite coffee-shop iced drink creations at home for an indulgent and satisfying pick-me-up.

You’ll need a blender that can crush ice for this one.

What you’ll need:

  • 1-2 espressos / instant coffee
  • Handful of ice cubes / coffee ice cubes
  • Cup of milk
  • Chocolate or toffee sauce (optional)
  • Blender

Method:

  1. Add the espresso, ice, milk, and – if you like – a drizzle of chocolate or caramel sauce, to a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and enjoy.
  3. For pure indulgence, pour more sauce down the sides of a tall glass, add the blended coffee and top with whipped cream.

Try these hacks:

  • You can add some hot chocolate powder to your coffee mix, or a flavoured syrup for a twist on the original.
  • Add a dash of coffee liqueur for a late afternoon upgrade.
  • If you like a Chai latte, try this blended with ice and milk for a summery alternative.

Remember to check whether your blender can handle ice cubes first, as not all blenders can. If not, and you’re keen to make regular icy treats, check out our ice-crushing blender reviews[5].

Choosing the best coffee machine for you

Whether you like if hot or cold, if you’ve developed a taste for a nice strong espresso, or the milky embrace of a smooth latte, a coffee machine can help you recreate these coffee-shop staples at home. There are three main types to choose from:

  • Capsule coffee machine – e.g. Nespresso or Tassimo machines.

    These use coffee pods to make quick and effortless espressos. Some come with milk frothers or milk pods for making milky drinks too.

  • Ground coffee machine – these traditional machines require you to measure out and prepare the ground coffee before making your espresso. They come with either steam pipes for manual milk frothing, or automatic frothers.
  • Bean-to-cup coffee machine – these machines grind whole beans on demand for a fresh and hands-off brewing experience.

    Again, there are versions with manual or automatic milk frothing.

What type you choose depends on how hands off you want your coffee-making experience to be, the type of coffee you like and how much you want to spend.

For advice on choosing the right machine for your lifestyle and budget check our full coffee machine buying guide[6].

References

  1. ^ independent coffee machine reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Nespresso machine (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Find out how to make an espresso, americano and more with our video guide (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ guide to useful coffee-making gadgets (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ ice-crushing blender reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ coffee machine buying guide (www.which.co.uk)

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