This scam first came about in 2011, however appears to be making the rounds again and tricking unsuspecting Australians nationwide.
Operating on Facebook, a link will appear on your newsfeed and encourages whoever clicks on the link to repost the link on their own wall with the added comment “Thanks Woolworths”.
“Get a Free $400 Woolworths Voucher Now. (107 left)
Claim your Free $400 Woolworths Voucher. Only a few left”
The scam, originally bought to attention back in 2011, has resurfaced again this time referring those to the Internet site which has no affiliation to Woolworths, namely http://www.wooliesto.us.
A registrant search of the domain name http://www.wooliesto.us identifies this is owned by an Individual located in India:
Registrant Name: Jayesh G
Registrant Address1: 16 b Park Street
Registrant City: Kolkata
Registrant State/Province: West Bengal
Registrant Postal Code: 700029
Registrant Country: India
Registrant Country Code: IN
Registrant Phone Number: +91.9883027366
The scam has become so viral Woolworths has now left a warning on their own Facebook page alerting people to the scam:
All individuals who have seen this message should immediately ignore and delete it.
Have you seen this message or another variation? Please let us know!
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