ALDIA shoppers have been urged to be wary of a “convincing” new supermarket scam targeting vulnerable social media users.
A fake message is currently circulating on Facebook telling consumers that they can pick up a free LG TV by following a few simple steps.
The post features crated photos of the large TVs in a warehouse, as well as ALDI employees standing in front of a store.
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It further claims that the TVs were damaged during delivery, which prompted the giveaway – a claim that is untrue.
“Hundreds of Aldi TVs broke down a bit on the way to our warehouse. All of these televisions are still fully functional but may have minor dents or scratches,” the scam post reads.
“Instead of throwing it away, we decided to give it to people who shared and commented before June 15th. We have four pallets and the shipment arrives the next day.”
Since going live on Facebook, it seems like thousands have fallen for the scam.
The post has attracted more than 7,000 comments and shares, with more than 2,000 people begging the fake Facebook page to gift them a free TV.
“My mom would love it because she’s a retiree,” one wrote.
Another said: “How wonderful that ALDI is doing. Very thoughtful in this terrible time when everything is so expensive and there is no more money to buy ‘luxury stuff’. Great work, ALDI.”
Another added: “What a great way to give shoppers a special treat during these trying times.”
Once a Facebook user responds to the message, the fake ALDI page administrators direct him to a website where he is asked to hand over sensitive and personal data.
While thousands have fallen for the scam, others seem to be more skeptical of the mail.
“This is a scam. Admittedly, it’s a sophisticated and very convincing scam, but it’s still a scam,” said one.
Another added: “Companies would send the damaged ones back to the manufacturer en route to get a full refund, so why lose money selling them cheaply?”
A third responded: “ALDI sells Bauhn televisions, folks! And their warehouses don’t look like that – and they use blue or red pallets for their stock.”
The ACCC’s Scamwatch says phishing scams — like this fake ALDI post — work by fooling consumers into believing they are dealing with a real retailer.
“Phishing messages are designed to look real and often copy the format used by the organization the scammer claims to represent, including their branding and logo,” it said.
“They take you to a fake website that looks like the real deal, but has a slightly different address. For example, if the legitimate site is “www.realbank.com.au”, the scammer could use an address like “www.realbank.com”.
“If you provide the scammer with your information online or over the phone, they will use it to conduct fraudulent activities such as using your credit cards and stealing your money.”
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