Baffled shoppers spot Easter chocolates and hot cross buns in shops in DECEMBER

There's still more than four months to go until the springtime holiday but seasonal treats – including a new Oreo flavour Creme Egg – have already gone on sale at some Tesco and convenience shops.

Some shoppers are confused by the appearance of Easter eggs and hot cross buns in shops in December – especially as we haven't had Christmas yet.

But others are delighted to get their hands on their favourite treats a month before they officially go on sale in January, when they will be available until Easter Monday on April 22, 2019.

Some chocolate fans are particularly excited as they've spotted a brand new Easter treat on sale: a full-size Oreo version of a Creme Egg.

Instagram user @amiegrace22 picked two up for 70p each at a Spar shop and posted it on Instagram, with one person commenting: "Need to try these!"





A Cadbury spokeswoman explained that some stores, such as convenience shops, can choose to stock its Easter treats before Christmas even though major retailers will start selling them after January 1.

But Easter goodies have also been spotted on sale at the UK's biggest supermarket, Tesco.

Instagram user Kevssnackreviews found Tesco Finest Toffee Fudge and Belgian Chocolate Hot Cross Buns already on sale at one branch of the supermarket giant, which has 3,400 shops in the UK.

Shoppers have also complained about finding standard hot cross buns on sale at Tesco, Sainsbury's and other supermarkets.

But stores usually keep a small supply of normal hot cross buns in stock for devoted fans all year round.

Tesco confirmed it sells its range of hot cross buns throughout the year.

Some shops even started selling Easter chocolate in November, as we reported last month.

The Easter displays reveal that last year's popular white Creme Egg treasure hunt is back again – and the top prize is even bigger this Easter.

White chocolate versions of the fondant-filled chocolate eggs will once again be hidden in normal Creme Egg wrappers and fans have to find them to claim a cash prize.

This year, the top prize is a huge £10,000 – up from £2,000 last year.

Last January, supermarket staff were accused of unwrapping Creme Eggs before they went on sale in search of a £2,000 white chocolate one.

A Cadbury spokeswoman said: "All our Easter range will be available in major retailers after New Year’s Day.

"However, as some stores know that people can’t wait to get their hands on Easter products, they may decide to stock the product before Christmas."

In more appropriate festive chocolate news, we revealed yesterday that Quality Street and Roses tins have shrunk by 40 per cent in ten years – but prices have stayed the same.

Meanwhile it's not just you – there really are fewer of your favourite chocolates in selection tubs.

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Supermarket shoppers targeted by spam emails in run up to Christmas

Morrisons, Tesco and Aldi customers have all reported receiving suspicious messages claiming to be from the supermarkets.

With Brits expected to spend £166 per person on food and booze Christmas Day, according to Give as You Live, fraudsters are seizing the opportunity to prey on naive shoppers who are hoping to save some cash.

Often the dodgy messages say that you can claim a voucher to spend at the supermarket and ask you to follow a link to fill in your details.

Really, the link will take you to a website run by the fraudsters who are likely to use your personal information to hack your bank accounts.

Morrisons has issued a warning on Facebook about a number of spam e-mails, text messages and social media posts that claim to be from the supermarket.

How to protect yourself from scams

  • Firstly, remember that if something seems too good to be true, it normally is.
  • Check brands are verified" on Facebook and Twitter pages – this means the company will have a blue tick on their profile.
  • Look for grammatical and spelling errors; fraudsters are notoriously bad at writing proper English. If you receive a message from a “friend” informing you of a freebie, consider whether it’s written in your friend’s normal style.
  • If you’re invited to click on an URL, hover over the link to see the address it will take you to – does it look genuine?
  • To be on the really safe side, don’t click on unsolicited links in messages, even if they appear to come from a trusted contact.
  • Be careful when opening email attachments too. Fraudsters are increasingly attaching files, usually PDFs or spreadsheets, which contain dangerous malware.
  • If you receive a suspicious message then report it to the company, block the sender and delete it.

In the post, it said: "If you receive one of these suspicious messages, please do no click any links, open attachments to enter personal information.

"We would never ask for your bank details in order to redeem a voucher."

Tesco shoppers have also tweeted about receiving a suspicious looking text message claiming to be from Tesco.

The text claims that the customer has come second place in postcode drawer run by the retailer. It also directs you to follow a link to collect the prize.

The message doesn't feature any of the supermarket's branding and is also riddled with spelling mistakes, like "secure" instead of "secured" and "well-done" instead of "well done".

This is usually a sign that the text isn't genuine and that it isn't to be trusted.

Tesco has been replying to customers' concerns via their social media team, confirming that it is indeed a fake.

"This is a scam," the Tesco team said, "I'd advise deleting this text without accessing any links."

Earlier this week, Aldi also warned customers to be wary of a fake £85 voucher doing the rounds on Facebook.

The voucher first cropped up on social media two years ago but it has resurfaced again ahead of Christmas.

If you receive a message on social media or via Whatsapp or email that claims to be from a supermarket but looks suspicious, you should report it to their customer services team before following any links.

One dad from Scotland now can't afford to buy Christmas presents for his two kids after he lost £3,000 of his life savings to scammers.

Scammers are using fake websites to lure in Christmas shoppers and take their money. These are the ones you need to watch out for.

Ever wondered what really happens when you report fraud? The Sun spent a day working at Lloyds to see how easy it is for scammers to steal your cash.

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