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Tech & Science Woolworths issues coupon-scam alert for Facebook users looking for Christmas savings

14:03  20 november  2019
14:03  20 november  2019 Source:   smartcompany.com.au

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Woolworths yesterday issued an urgent scam alert over a branded coupon offering Facebook users 0 off their next transaction. The post is heavily branded with convincing features such as disclaimers and a barcode. Users are asked to activate the coupon by sharing the link with their family and friends.

An urgent alert has been issued over a sophisticated new Woolworths scam which is doing the rounds on Facebook . The alarming post - which is made to look like an official Woolworths post and includes the supermarket giant’s logo - offers users 0 off their shop when they use the coupon .

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Woolworths yesterday issued an urgent scam alert over a branded coupon offering Facebook users $100 off their next transaction.

The post is heavily branded with convincing features such as disclaimers and a barcode. Users are asked to activate the coupon by sharing the link with their family and friends.

Woolworths has reported the scam to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Scamwatch, and asks shoppers to be vigilant with guarding their personal and financial details.

“Scams are often specially designed to look genuine, and often copy features from legitimate communications such as our logo and branding,” the supermarket giant said in a statement.

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Woolworths yesterday issued an urgent scam alert over a branded coupon offering Facebook users 0 off their next transaction. The post is heavily branded with convincing features such as disclaimers and a barcode. Users are asked to activate the coupon by sharing the link with their family and

“Woolworths will never email, message, or call you to ask for your personal or financial information including your password, credit card details or account information.”

Woolworths suggests users take particular care with links similar to its official web address with misspellings.

“For example, the link might take you to the website www.woolwoorths.com.au instead of www.woolworths.com.au,” the statement reads.

The Facebook scam follows a string of similar scams and subsequent warnings, such as emails posing as surveys or phishing text messages posing as package alerts from Australia Post.

According to the ACCC, more than 3,000 Aussie SMEs lost over $4.5 million due to scams in the last year.

Cyber security experts have spoken to SmartCompany about being on guard year-round as they push for policy reforms to combat the rising prevalence of sophisticated online scams.

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The scam involves a Facebook link to a fabricated Woolworths coupon , which promises customers 0 off their next purchase at the supermarket. Facebook users who click on the link are taken to small questionnaire before being are urged to share the coupon with family and friends on Facebook .

“For a while, there were a lot of email security programs that did a good job of stopping spam, but we’ve become over-reliant on them,” Andrew Bycroft, chief executive of the international cyber resilience institute, said.

“Even if you get an email from someone you believe is a friend it could have come from anywhere.”

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The post Woolworths issues coupon-scam alert for Facebook users looking for Christmas savings appeared first on SmartCompany.

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