Ignore The Woolworths Survey Scam Emails

Scammers regularly use popular company names to try and fool people into clicking on links that promote dodgy online retailers or distribute malware. One version doing the rounds at the moment falsely claims that Woolworths will give you a $50 gift voucher.

Assuming that your spam detection systems don't bin this before you ever see it, there are plenty of obvious indicators that this email, headlined 'Customer Satisfaction Survey', isn't legitimate: Why would Woolworths send email from a strange-sounding email domain such as cinci.rr.com? (Regular Woolworths marketing mail comes from a Woolworths.com.au domain?) If you hover over the link, you'll also see that it points to a site that has nothing to do with Woolworths (and which can't spell the word 'survey' correctly). Woolworths has a note on its site reminding customers not to fall for these scams.

The common sense rules for scam detection don't change: anything in your inbox saying you have won something or will receive a prize is going to be a fake. Ignore, delete, and don't click on the links.


Comments

    There's also a Telstra one going around today posing as your Account Statement. It has a ZIP... so yeah bad.

    I've got it on my work and personal emails by the truck load.

    i love that woolworths one. if you click the link it just flat out asks for your credit card number, expiry, and security number. :/

    as if woolworths is going to give you $50 without taking $1000 first. only the very stupid or very greedy would fall for this

    I've seen a comp saying I won $5000 and needed to provide the following to claim

    - Address, DOB, maiden name(if female)
    - Credit card number, expiry, CVC
    - Bank account details
    - Scanned copies of drivers license & passport (or birth certificate if no passport)
    - Mothers maiden name + her place of birth

    I wonder if anyone provided them with all that information

    The other strange phenomenon with these scams is the propensity for the great unwashed to implicate the corporate being scammed. "They should honour the deal" and so on.

    The reality is that Woolies has not kept our details safe...
    We never got these emails until we registered with woolies online delivery.

      That's just coincidence. I've never registered for Woolies' online delivery and I've seen these in at least two different mail accounts.

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