Woolworths warn buyers to avoid Facebook page & # 39; s scammers and offer loyal customers free groceries for a year
- More than 25,500 people have started following the Woolworths Fan page
- The page has been offering groceries for years as part of promotion
- Wary followers have warned others that the page and promo can be a scam
Thousands of desperate shoppers have fallen for a fake Woolworths Facebook page that has been offering free groceries for years.
More than 25,500 people have started following the Woolworths Fan page since it appeared on Facebook earlier this year.
The page, which is not affiliated with the supermarket giant, promotes giveaways in exchange for shares and sympathies. Hundreds of struggling customers flocked to the page hoping to win free food.
The page, which is not affiliated with the supermarket giant, promotes giveaways in exchange for shares and sympathies. Hundreds of struggling customers flocked to the page hoping to win free food
More than 25,500 people have started following the Woolworths Fan page since it appeared on Facebook earlier this year
However, a warning was issued by observant followers when the page began to offer fans a chance to win free groceries for a year.
& # 39; The Woolworths Fans page is a scam so please stop liking and sharing guys, you WILL NOT win shopping for a year & # 39 ;, a woman said.
& # 39; Commonsense wants you to look at the page first and if it has no website, address or other details and is a well-known company listed as a community, it's pretty clear it's not a valid page another. .
The page is thought to be a phishing scam, where crooks try to mislead people into providing personal information such as their bank account numbers, passwords, and credit card numbers.
A Woolworths spokesperson said the company had tried to have the page removed
A Woolworths spokeswoman said the company had tried to have the page removed.
& # 39; We encourage our customers to remain vigilant for online phishing scams, trying to imitate well-known brands to collect personal information.
& # 39; We will never ask our customers for personal or bank details in unsolicited communications. & # 39;
According to her, the company reports scams to the SCC Watch of the ACCC and regularly updates its Scam Alerts page on its website to protect customers online.
How does a phishing scam work?
A scammer will contact you to impersonate a legitimate company such as a bank, telephone, or internet provider. You may be contacted via e-mail, social media, telephone or text message.
The scammer asks you to provide or confirm your personal information. For example, the scammer may say that the bank or organization checks customer records because of a technical error that has erased customer data. Or they may ask you to complete a customer survey and offer a prize for participation.
Phishing messages are designed to look real and often copy the format used by the organization that the scammer pretends to represent, including their branding and logo. They take you to a fake website that looks like the real deal, but has a slightly different address.
If you provide the scammer with your information online or over the phone, they will use it to perform fraudulent activities, such as using your credit cards and stealing your money.
Source: Australian Scam Watch, competition and consumer committee
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