Have you been hit by this dodgy Coles supermarket scam?

Allison Yee
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

They’re the texts boasting of big cash wins that seem too good to be true, and for those shoppers getting a message from Coles telling them of a credit card haul, sorry to say but they are.

Shoppers have taken to the Coles Facebook page with screenshots of texts they’ve received, saying they’ve won a $1000 credit card.

Urged to claim the prize within 24 hours, ‘winners’ are told to click on a link to receive their card, with the scam aimed at getting people to hand over their personal details.

Some clued-up shoppers have posted the messages to Facebook with comments such as “Another one going around.”

Shoppers have taken to Coles’ Facebook page with examples of the scam texts they’ve been sent. Photo: Getty

However there have been others left confused by the text.

“Hi Coles, I just got this message on my phone and it looks like a scam. Can you verify please,” wrote one person.

Others have posted messages that appear to relate to receiving Coles Mini Collectables.

The problem has become so widespread, Coles was forced to address the various scams on their Facebook page in June.

“Coles would like to remind customers to be alert to potential scams via text messages, phone calls, and websites,” the message read.


Coles would like to remind customers to be alert to potential scams via text messages, phone calls, and websites. Many…

Posted by Coles on Thursday, June 21, 2018

“Many scams use our logo, pretend to be representatives of Coles and promote Coles Gift Cards or other gift cards in an attempt to appear legitimate.

“Coles will never request personal or banking details in unsolicited communications and legitimate businesses or government agencies will never request payment in gift cards.”

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