Woolworths fake text sparks scam warning for Australian jobseekers
Aussies are being warned not to click on a text message purporting to be sent from Woolworths because scammers are actually behind it.
Aussies are being warned not to click on a text message purporting to be sent from Woolworths because scammers are behind it.
The latest scam message circulating promises someone to join the Woolworths team with a decent salary of $200 a day.
It’s a particularly malicious ploy as Australians are more vulnerable for work because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The text message reads: “I am an (sic) Woolworths project manager, we are hiring a team, you can work from home, daily salary: 200+ whatsapp understand.”
Jobs and employment scams have cost Australians $921,627, according to ScamWatch.
In a statement to news.com.au, Woolworths said: “We’ve heard reports that scam activity is on the rise across Australia and it’s important for our customers to remain vigilant.
“To help our customers, we frequently post notices on our website with the different types of scams we see reported to us, how to stay safe from them and where to get help.
“Online and text phishing scams seek to imitate well-known brands to collect personal information, but we would never ask our customers for their personal or banking details in unsolicited communications.”
On its website, Woolworths warns customers: “Scammers have become more prolific with new scams popping up each day.
“Customers are requested to remain alert and report anything that may look suspicious.
“If it sounds too good to be true, it often is.”
Scamwatch said that people often fall prey to employment scams because of the promise of easy money.
“Jobs and employment scams trick you into handing over your money by offering you a ‘guaranteed’ way to make fast money or a high-paying job for little effort,” the website states.
It’s particularly concerning considering that Australia’s jobseeking market is stronger than ever as the country’s two economic power houses, Sydney and Melbourne, are set to ease out of lockdown.
The latest data from job searching platform SEEK shows that national job ad volumes have risen by 6 per cent month-on-month in September.
Job ads also remain 24.7 per cent higher nationally than in the same month in 2019, the report found.
Kendra Banks, Managing Director of SEEK ANZ, said: “This strong result has been driven by a significant boost in new roles advertised in NSW, which is up 20.6 per cent on the previous month.”
It comes as NSW is due to ease restrictions next Monday after the state hit 70 per cent fully-vaccinated.
This Woolworths scam message follows a spate of other malicious texts sent directly onto the phones of thousands of Australians in recent months.
There have been 15,563 complaints to date about the ‘Flubot’ scam which first surfaced in Australia on August 2.
The ‘Flubot’ scam is characterised by a text sent en masse from an Australian phone number that entices users to click on a link that then infects their Android device with malware.
So far, the scammers have tried to trick Australians into clicking on the link by promises of hearing missed voicemails, tracking postal deliveries and viewing a photo album of yourself posted online.
International cyber security Avast released a report on Thursday that found that one-in-five Australians have fallen victim to a scam.