The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CDSI) has obtained evidence of text fraud involving Asta and Morrisons distribution news.
One of the fake texts said links to a webpage that allows “Your Asta order delivery is complete” and allows the recipient to “track your order and view your delivery note”.
Another similar message refers to an order Morrisons, scammers obtain personal information from the recipient using links and put their finances at risk.
Katherine Hart, CDSI’s chief executive, said: “Scammers send these texts to phone numbers, and the recipient holds an order with a specific supermarket.
“The public should be aware that these campaigns are not limited to the Asta or Morrisons brand, and may receive news quoting the names of other major supermarket chains.”
An Asta spokesman added: “We are aware of a string of scams being sent through STM messages to customers who impersonate various brands, including Asta. We will never ask for any personal information via SMS and no SMS communication will come from us from the mobile number.
“We want to remind our customers that they should never click on suspicious links, but if anyone knows of any communication that claims to be from Asta, please contact our customer service team.”