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Jan 24 2018

Have You Won a $1,000 Coles Giftcard

Text Message to Say: You have Won $1,000 Coles Giftcard.

Have you received a Text Message saying you have won $1,000 as part of “our customer of the month” program, seemingly from Coles?

This one?

A similar message, said to be from Woolworths has their customers “winning” $2,000 through the same method.

This appears to be a scam designed to get your personal details.

This is nothing new, as can be seen by looking at: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/watch-out-for-scam-surveys-and-fake-gift-card-offers

“Scammers use fake gift card promotions to trick consumers into handing over their personal information such as banking details or passwords, which are later used to steal your money or your identity, or to on-sell to other scammers.”

A message from Coles regarding Scams:

Coles advises customers to be aware of websites, competitions and other unsolicited promotions that use the Coles brand without Coles’ permission or which promote Coles Gift cards in an attempt to appear legitimate. These offers predominantly attempt to collect your personal details or financial information. Coles will never request personal or banking details in unsolicited communications.
https://www.coles.com.au/customer-service/scam-warning

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  1. Frank

    Just received an SMS Text saying that you are the winner of $1000,00 Coles credit card and to confirm within 24hrs click here.

    1. Anna

      Same here. Would be good to know if this is legit. Certainly doesn’t sound like it.

    2. Pascal larue

      Am I a winner or louger

      1. Admin

        Anyone who replies to those things, and gives them their details, especially bank details, will be a loser.

  2. Kathleen

    Who does Coles pay to manage their customer communications? They obviously outsource and that is how our contact details are provided. Who else would know I am a customer?

    1. Admin

      Even people that are not Coles customers are getting these contacts. For example, I got this message on a new phone number that has not been given to Coles. In fact no-one had that number. The people sending the scam message out probably sent it to a group of all possible mobile numbers. Maybe they get notification of all numbers registered from Telephone providers.

      These are just scams targetted at any email address, or mobile phone number.

      We give these details out on many different websites, forums, social media platforms etc., and some of these sell your information to advertising agencies where they are again sold off.

  3. Dennis Bareis

    My SMS was similar but includes the text “FINAL NOTICE {MyFirstName}”

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