Urgent warning for bargain hunters over ridiculously believable Woolworths scam which lures customers in with a £250 voucher
- Woolworths customers warned of new scam that tricks them into £250 voucher
- The email offers shoppers vouchers that are activated using their credit card
- Woolworths confirmed the fraudulent emails are not affiliated with the company
Published: 14:52, 26 May 2021 | Updated: 14:56, 26 May 2021
Woolworths customers have been warned of a new online scam that tricks shoppers into paying a fee in return for a non-existant £250 voucher.
The fraudulent email claims to offer supermarket customers grocery vouchers that are activated using the recipient's credit card details to pay a processing fee.
The believable online scam is reportedly sent to consumers appearing to be from the regional manager of their local store with their correct details - including name, suburb and address.
Woolworths customers warned of new scam that tricks them into £250 voucher that's activated using their credit card details (pictured)
Recipients who disclosed their information found multiple amounts charged to their credit card.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have received 176 reports of Woolworths email scams, with 20 reports about the fraudulent vouchers.
The number of email scams have amounted to £1,728 in losses for unsuspecting shoppers.
A Woolworths spokesperson said the scam is 'not an authorised message from Woolworths and is not affiliated with us in any way.'
'As always, we encourage our customers to be vigilant of online and text phishing scams, which seek to imitate well-known brands to collect personal information,' the spokesperson said.
'We never ask our customers for their personal or banking details in unsolicited communications.
'We report scams to the ACCC's SCAMWatch and regularly update our Scam Alerts page on our website to help keep customers secure online. '
Daily Mail has contacted Woolworths for comment.
A Woolworths spokesperson confirmed the scam is 'not an authorised message from Woolworths and is not affiliated with us in any way' (pictured: stock image of Woolworths store)Read more: