But in a new twist, the Kmart scam appears to target your friends as well - using their names to make the hoax seem more legitimate.
One Kmart shopper took to a closed Facebook group to ask for advice on whether the Kmart SMS was legitimate or not. While the shopper was certain it was a scam, she cited the fact that the fraudsters had included her friends’ correct names and details as a reason to think twice.
The text says: ‘Dear Roselyn. One of the Kmart stores is looking for you. You have won a price in our Prize Draw. Answer a few questions and you will be presented with a several exclusive reward offers (worth at least $60).’
Another text reads: ‘Lucky you, Roselyn. Congrats to our 3 Kmart customers who won: 1. Grace 2. Roselyn 3. Isla’ - before giving a link to click on to claim your prize.
Other shoppers were quick to tell the shopper to delete the scam and definitely not click on links - advice echoed by authorities.
‘Scam SMS is a type of ‘spam’, which is unwanted contact by electronic means,’ says the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).
‘Spam can be sent by someone promoting a product or service, or by someone trying to scam you into giving them your personal details or money. Some spam SMS will even contain electronic viruses that can compromise your phone’s security.’
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission urges people to report such scams - click here for more.