Woolworths Christmas Gift Card Scam
A Woolworths Christmas gift card scam attempt has been caught by MailShark spam filters using the holiday season as a tactic to infect your computer with malware. Woolworths (locally known as Woolies) is an Australian supermarket chain that is one of the most popular in the country. Keep reading to find out more about this malicious scam email.
Figure A is a copy of the Woolworths Christmas gift card scam email. It is branded well but the overall layout is not designed to the high standard the supermarket chain would normally convey. It uses a personal greeting (in black for privacy reasons) and features several malicious links. This email uses a Christmas style tactic with an advent calendar to increase the chance of a click. The subject line reads “New Woolworths giftcard this Christmas”, which attracts the receiver’s attention. The sender is shown as “Woolworths Voucher – Deal Outlet”, however the email address used is in no way associated with the official Woolworths website and it is clearly spam. Do not click any links within this email and delete it from your inbox if received.
Figure B is a safely captured screenshot of the website visit for the Woolworths Christmas gift card scam email which you will land on if any of the links are clicked. It is branded to suit Woolworths but the design is outdated. This page uses the advent calendar tactic again and states you must click on the date of today to reveal your gift card. As this particular email was sent on Tuesday the 15th of December, the day is highlighted in green to encourage you to click through faster. Be warned that clicking through on this page will lead to a malware infection on your computer.
Avoid reaching the malicious website at all costs by deleting the email if you see it. Gift card scams are extremely popular and some are taking advantage of the holiday seasons and upping their game. We strongly suggest also deleting email of similar nature that may reach your inbox. We hope you stay safe online during the Christmas period!