TALLINN – Lidl Eesti, the operation of German low-cost retailer Lidl in Estonia, has warned that bogus messages seeking personal information, to which the company has no connection, are being circulated on the WhatsApp messaging app.
The messages that contain Lidl's name and symbols say that various prizes are available to those taking part in a prize campaign on the occasion of the company's 50th anniversary. After clicking on a link, the participant is requested to enter their personal and banking information.
Lidl Eesti informed that they are not organizing any such prize draw or campaign and that the messages represent a fraudulent scheme. Lidl asks everyone who has received such message to ignore it and not to share it, not to press the link or share their personal information.
Lidl Eesti has notified the incident also to the Estonian Information System Authority.
Lidl, a company of the Schwarz retail group, is active in 32 countries across the globe, operating 11,200 stores and over 200 logistics centers.
Lidl currently has no stores open in Estonia, but it has eight stores in the stage of completion in the Estonian cities of Tallinn, Tartu, Parnu and Narva, two of which have already received an authorization for use.