Nottinghamshire County Council has issued a warning to Gedling borough residents telling them to steer clear of a raft of counterfeit Wilko websites that are trying to deceive shoppers by falsely presenting significantly discounted products from the collapsed retailer.
Several fake sites have sprung up supposedly offering hefty discounts on Wilko goods.
Adverts for these fake sites have also been doing the rounds on social media.
Since going into administration Wilko has stopped selling goods online, and is also no longer offering home delivery or click and collect services.
The warning was issued today by Nottinghamshire County Council.
⚠️ Don’t get caught out by fake Wilko websites offering huge discounts on clearance stock.— Nottinghamshire County Council (@NottsCC) September 13, 2023
Fraudsters have reportedly been using adverts on social media to tempt people, but clinking on the links will take you to a scam site that will try to steal your bank details. pic.twitter.com/fDuqumsd17
A spokesman for the council said: “Don’t get caught out by fake Wilko websites offering huge discounts on clearance stock.
“Fraudsters have reportedly been using adverts on social media to tempt people, but clinking on the links will take you to a scam site that will try to steal your bank details.”
PwC, who has been appointed as the company’s administrator, is working to try and close as many of the fake sites as possible.
“We have been made aware of a number of fake Wilko websites which are offering Wilko products at heavily discounted prices,” a PwC spokesperson said.
“These websites are not genuine and have been set up to scam users, the only legitimate Wilko website is www.wilko.com.
“We are in the process of working with the relevant authorities to have these websites removed. We would like to remind our customers that all Wilko sales are now in-store and you are unable to purchase items online.”