The latest sophisticated hoax that’s hit Facebook today - and thousands have already falling for it
Shoppers are being warned to stay vigilant after another sophisticated scam involving Woolworths hit Facebook today, attracted thousands of victims just weeks before Christmas.
The scam sees ‘250 lucky customers’ win a year of free groceries by sharing and commenting on a Woolworths Club post.
The image with the post shows boxes and boxes of groceries, presumedly ready to be won.
But while the post may look legitimate - with the supermarket’s logo prominently displayed - the Woolworths Club account is unauthorised and the latest offer is absolutely a scam.
It’s so sophisticated, thousands of unsuspecting Australians have already fallen for it - with the post attracted more than 3,000 comments and shares. One shopper took to Facebook to congratulate and thank Woolworths on the promotion - not realising it was a scam.
Said the customer: ‘This is a very kind gesture of kindness. I could feed my big brood. Thanks Woolworths and Woolworths Rewards for your kindness.’
Another mistakenly took aim at the supermarket giant for offering the promotion, instead of giving the groceries to bushfire and drought victims - again, without realising it was a scam.
‘Why not give it to families and farmers affected by drought and bushfires?’ she asked.
The scam has now been reported to the ACCC Scamwatch and Woolworths asks customers to head to their website to learn more about their fight against scams.
Amy SinclairAmy Sinclair is the editor of New Idea Food. She is a former weekly magazine editor who loves all things food, cooking and eating - especially the eating! When she's not looking after her three children, you'll find her in the kitchen or busily hiding online shopping purchases from her husband.