Major supermarkets are reporting a rise in complex and ‘frightening’ scams, some of which are cruelly masquerading as gift cards which can lead to your bank account being emptied and even ‘ransom’ demands.

Woolworths and Coles are warning against replying to dodgy messages from real-looking email addresses offering gift cards worth up to $500 as these current offers are most likely phishing scams.

Meanwhile Aldi is warning its mobile phone customers not to fall for threatening demands for personal information or bank details.

Woolworths says personal information given by fraudulent online requests could be used for identity theft, sold on the dark web and in some cases to demand a ‘ransom’

One of the genuine-looking but fake gift card offers being made to Woolworths customers online lately

One of the genuine-looking but fake gift card offers being made to Woolworths customers online lately

The supermarket chains warned customers to be on the lookout for a sophisticated range of scams by online criminals that could look…

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