When people hear of Silk Road, their mind will probably jump to things like guns, drugs and pornography. However, the resurrected Silk Road has brought a whole new meaning to what popular items are. Not long time ago, on the Silk Road 2.0, the most popular items had been Tesco ClubCard vouchers.
The Silk Road 2.0 Tesco Voucher scam has created quite a buzz all over the world. The offer, which has already been removed, offered potential buyers’ £100 worth of Clubcard vouchers for less than half the price, of £43. The dark net, which can be accessed only by professionals using specialist equipment, was a major distribution hub for Tesco Clubcard vouchers. According to many unanimous buyers, a large number of people have bought the vouchers which were actually pretty genuine. Many customers have managed to use them to purchase Tesco products at 50% off during the last several months.
The vouchers were on sale for several months until Tesco has referred this matter to the police. Tim Keanini, chief engineer at an IT security firm, has recently declared that these hacks are becoming increasingly common nowadays, with more and more retailers and businesses falling victims to cyber criminals and hackers. According to Keanini, the real problem is not that these hackers can access the network. The real threat is that cyber criminals can steal files and still go undetected. This is how they managed to infiltrate the Tesco network and issue those fake vouchers. With over 16 million Clubcard members, Tesco has lost millions of pounds since the beginning of the “crisis”. Tesco officials have yet to release an official statement with the whole amount lost.
The amount of money going through Silk Road 2.0 and other similar websites is unbelievable. More than probably, vouchers from other UK and US retailers might be at risk. Our advice is to keep your eyes open for such scams and declare anything that looks like scam.