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Beware... Woolies, Coles email scam

Posted: 30 Apr 2017, 11:55
by terra
Email scams doing the rounds lately.... looks like a legit email from Coles or Woolies offering free gift cards. I even got one from Aldi which is sus because I've never shopped there. All of these dodgy emails know my preferred first name, also my email address and if you look at the fine print, some originate in USA and some in Germany.
One of them led me though a four step process to claim my card and the last step was to ask for my mobile phone number.... they already had the first four digits and the last three digits of my phone number but were asking me to fill in the unknown digits. When I read the fine print, it advised that a charge of $5 would be dedcucted from my mobile phone account.
Also another alarm bell is the dodgy spelling.


https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/bewar ... g-you-more

Here's a few screenshots from my pewter....these were taken from my spam filter, Mailwasher, so they never got close to me ! :wqoohoo

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Re: Beware... Woolies, Coles email scam

Posted: 30 Apr 2017, 12:29
by Buck_naked
Thanks Terra, been getting a lot of these from all over the place.
have you heard of the 'can you hear me?' phone scam?
when you answer 'yes', that is recorded for nefarious purposes.
What exactly it is used for i have no idea.
:thinking: :thinking: :thinking:

Re: Beware... Woolies, Coles email scam

Posted: 30 Apr 2017, 12:42
by terra
When you say "yes", it's taken as a verbal agrement such as used by online health funds, Telcos and Energy companies when signing you up for an agreement....
and yes, they are seen as legal by the Australian Authorities subject to a ten day cooling off period. :twocents-mytwocents:

So..... when you say "yes" to one of those dodgy phone calls, you've just pledged the entire potting shed estate to some rotten crook !
:heeheehee

Re: Beware... Woolies, Coles email scam

Posted: 30 Apr 2017, 14:00
by grandduke
It is quite sad to see a great nation such as this go
down to greed.

Re: Beware... Woolies, Coles email scam

Posted: 30 Apr 2017, 15:07
by terra
I don't understand why the Federal Government can't step in and block these dodgy emails as soon as they surface.
:thinking:
They have the technology ! :thinking:
....geez, if it was an internet kiddie-porn racket, they'd stop it immediately . :character-oldtimer:

Re: Beware... Woolies, Coles email scam

Posted: 02 May 2017, 13:02
by terra
I'm getting more of these dodgy emails...
.... today, Target and BWS are offering me the same bulls**t free gift cards. I just jeep adding them to my "mailwasher" blacklist but as soon as i do, they get sent to me again from a different source.
It's become a game of sorts.... they keep sending and I keep blacklisting them.

I'm thinking of changing my email address but that would involve notifying so many people...... I've had my email address for many years and really don't want to give it up.

I do have a secondary email address at gmail that I use for suspicious and unknown stuff. I never give out my everyday email address and I'm wondering how these scammers get hold of it ?
:thinking:

Re: Beware... Woolies, Coles email scam

Posted: 02 May 2017, 14:42
by lynny
I'm getting the same terra. I delete them straight away and although they all seem to have big unsubscribe buttons I touch nothing.

My apple ios mail offers to unsubscribe you from mailing lists and I tried that but got an email back saying they couldn't unsubscribe me because the source of the mail didnt exist.
Mostly mine all have a Miami address on the bottom. Some addresses are illegible.
Most annoying.

Re: Beware... Woolies, Coles email scam

Posted: 02 May 2017, 15:52
by Biggdad
TERRA: On your mailwasher you have a send envelope. If you put spam report address into your contacts you click the envelope add the report address & send it to complaints. LOVE THE MAIL WASHER! :)>

Re: Beware... Woolies, Coles email scam

Posted: 02 May 2017, 17:34
by terra
Yeah... I've done that many times already .... and also marked them for "bounce".
:teary

Re: Beware... Woolies, Coles email scam

Posted: 02 May 2017, 21:16
by godfather
It's hard to fight spam and get rid of those bastards who are sending it.

Most of my mail comes via Gmail and if you train Gmail, it will auto detect a lot of what is spam and puts it in a separate folder.
Anything that lands in there does not get looked at and goes down the shute quickly.

IF IT SOUND OR LOOKS TOO GOOD THEN IT MOSTLY IS CRAP ANYWAY !

I would never unsubscribe because that tells these con-men that they have hit a live email address.
Best not to open it at all!

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