GMAIL users are being warned about dangerous scam messages hitting inboxes that steal usernames and passwords.

Experts say consumers are being targetted via Google’s email service, as well as Outlook, with emails falsely claiming to have free gift cards to hand out to those who complete a survey.

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Gmail users being warned to delete these scam email immediatelyCredit: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett

The worrying alert comes via Which? – and the watchdog has urged anyone who receives this kind of email to delete them immediately.

Scam emails of this kind were first spotted hitting inboxes in June, with swarms of fake messages being sent in the following months.

Unfortunately, the emails – pretending to be from leading UK supermarkets including Tesco and ASDA – look like the real deal with official logos intended to dupe people.

George Martin, Conversation Editor at Which?, said: “Back in June we covered a fake email purporting to be from Sainsbury’s promising a £90 ‘promo reward’ for taking part in a marketing survey. Sainsbury’s confirmed it was nothing to do with it.

“Since then we’ve been made aware that these emails haven’t stopped at just one supermarket – fraudsters are using the same tactics by posing as the UK’s most well-known shops in order to gain your trust and send you on to potentially dangerous websites.”

It comes after cyber security experts issued a warning about a scam text message that is stealing people’s passwords and banking…

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