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Woolworths gift card scam emails

WA ScamNet has received reports of emails claiming to be from Woolworths offering $50-$500 gift cards.woolworths gift cards

The email announces the arrival of new gift cards, which they are giving away to a few chosen customers and YOU are one of them. You will see your email address in the list of lucky winners with a link to CHECK PRIZE. 

The scammers attempt to entice the recipient to interact with the email via offering prizes for clicking on the link.

Be aware that once you click on one of the links you could be redirected to a phishing site, where they will ask for your personal details so they can carry out fraudulent activities, such as using your credit cards and stealing money, or malicious software (malware) may be downloaded onto your computer.

Do not click on any links or attachments in the email. All links in the email, including the unsubscribe and report the email links, send you to a website containing malware. 

Anyone who has received the email should mark it as spam and delete immediately.

This scam has been reported to Woolworths. The company has information about scams on its website at www.woolworths.com.au/shop/discover/about-us/scam-alert

Woolworths reminds shoppers that they will never:

  • Email or call you to ask for personal or financial information including password, credit card details or account information
  • Send you an email asking you to click on an attachment
  • Email you to reconfirm your physical mailing address by clicking on a link
  • Call or email you out of the blue to request payment

The Australian retailer encourages shoppers to report any suspicious activity to the Woolworths “hoax” inbox. 

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    International Express Awards (IEA) boldly tells you they are not another “junk mail” letter or a form letter.  IEA may claim their letter is an official awards communication but we know its just another scam letter.

  • International Fund for Cash Gains
    International Fund for Cash Gains

    A certified and guaranteed cheque for $57,000 is all yours, according to the official looking document from International Fund for Cash Gains (IFCG). Mandatory? Guaranteed? That’s not what the fine print says. It clearly states this letter is an “advertising document” and IFCG “underlines the fact that the document does not contain any firm offer to be eligible for a prize”.

  • International Leather Shop
    International Leather Shop

    International Leather Shop maintains you are the recipient of a cash award of “up to” US$10,000 in the International Publicity Sweepstakes. This mail-out is just about flogging leather goods through the mail. If you really are interested in getting a Fernando Dalie product – check the Internet where we found at least one site selling the same product without the hogwash.

  • International Lotto Commission
    International Lotto Commission

    Consumers are receiving emails and letters claiming they have won money in the La Primitiva or Primitiva lottery, promotion or sweepstake. Advance fee frauds are very sophisticated operations and the operators are experts in convincing victims that they are legitimate.

  • International Settlements Authority
    International Settlements Authority

    The letter from Ontario, Canada notifies: Misleading advertising material like this, if published in Australia, would attract the attention of consumer protection agencies. Customers would be able to get help with any claim.

  • International Shipping & Notification Centre
    International Shipping & Notification Centre

    "We need your instructions regarding a shipment bearing your name and address." Sometimes the most valuable part of a transaction like this is your name and address (not the jewellery!) Your particulars can be sold to similar companies for their "sucker lists". It is up to you to guard your personal information from misuse.


  • International Special Offers
    International Special Offers

    Send $49.95 to International Special Offers in the UK to get a watch (brand unknown) with a diamond chip on its face, but no warranty that you can enforce locally if things go wrong.

  • IPD

    The Fort Langley mob are at it again, this time under the name IPD.

  • IPG Prize Distribution Department (Netherlands)
    IPG Prize Distribution Department (Netherlands)

    You are the winner of the Grand Prize of AUD 90,000 - Guaranteed! That's the hook. Hang on! The line above the headline says, "If your number is the winning number, we'll be able to announce: You are the winner … "That's the line. Where's the sinker?  The letter from the Prize Distribution Department, the "Personal Winner's Notification" or the "Last Notice to Respond to this AUD 65,000 Message!" tells you that: You have not actually won a prize

  • Irish National Lottery
    Irish National Lottery

    The Luck of the Irish has fallen upon you via email.  Be careful of engaging in any form of interaction with people you don’t know asking for money.   Never believe you have won money from a competition overseas that you did not enter let alone someone using a hotmail account.

  • ISS Promo Direct Ltd
    ISS Promo Direct Ltd

    Promo Direct Ltd and ISS are masters of the postal scam.

  • John Latimore Wainwright
    John Latimore Wainwright

    John Latimore Wainwright loves the word definite. WA ScamNet can definitely say this is a scam and you are not the only one that has received this offer.

  • Kingston & Strathmore
    Kingston & Strathmore

    A letter from Kingston & Strathmore is recycling a scam last seen in 2007 when Imperial Imports offered the same shonky deal.

  • Liverpool Football Club promotion
    Liverpool Football Club promotion

    Well-known English football club Liverpool has had its name and reputation hijacked in a number of email scams.

  • LMGC Worldwide Cash Prizes Foundation
    LMGC Worldwide Cash Prizes Foundation

    “Congratulations. You have just been selected as one of the most motivated people amongst tens of thousands who most want to change their life and push luck and the chance to their limits.“Congratulations. You have just been selected from one of the suckers’ lists to receive a worthless offer that won’t change your life and will only leave you poorer.”

  • Lottery Emails
    Lottery Emails

    Western Australians must be a lucky lot judging by the mountains of emails landing in our inboxes proclaiming we have won the lottery or an international promotion. The emails use various names and logos to hook you in. Some emails copy legitimate government lottery logos to add legitimacy to the scam.

  • Lottery Swindle
    Lottery Swindle

    This is just another Fake lottery scam. Save your money don't send it to these scammers!

  • Louise Eridan
    Louise Eridan

    “Not long ago, if you remember, you were experiencing a feeling of injustice or anger which overwhelmed you,” writes medium Louise Eridan. It’s a shame this is another work of pure fiction by the mail order sales company Blacktacos.

  • Markham, Donnelly and Associates
    Markham, Donnelly and Associates

    If $9000 would help offset today’s high interest rates and fuel prices, read on. The operators of this scam push hard and fast, telling the reader they are one of two confirmed final recipients. But, Markham, Donnelly and Associates are drawing people into a game of chance, as the small print on the back states.

  • McDonald's Paid Survey
    McDonald's Paid Survey

    An email from the famous McDonald’s restaurant chain and the promise of some cash for completing a simple customer survey – it’s no wonder consumers are falling for this scam.

  • Mega Money
    Mega Money

    Mega Money is a Scam andinvites you to enter a bogus competition.

  • Microsoft International Lottery
    Microsoft International Lottery

    The Microsoft International Lottery Board letter claims that you have won a major prize in a competition run sometime ago. It claims that due to a mix up of numbers, the results were not released until recently.

  • Mineralis

    Feel lethargic, tired and irritable or need to shed a few kilos like the TV show Australia’s Biggest Losers? Natural medicine specialist Dr Martinet of Mineralis, Switzerland has just the tonic you need. Clearly we believe all of these claims to be false and designed to part you from your money. Our advice, do not get involved in this scam.

  • Monetary Controls Office
    Monetary Controls Office

    The promise to disperse more than a US$1m in cash prizes to a select few direct mail recipients is nothing more than a big hoax.

  • Monetary Prize Payment Agency
    Monetary Prize Payment Agency

    Luckily they all read the Official Rules that told them they had not actually won any money yet, but were invited to enter a draw for the $9,000.00 grand prize, with the odds of winning it being 1:150,000. Like we all don't get enough junk-mail already… If it looks too good to be true, it probably is…!

  • Monies Advisory
    Monies Advisory

    "$1,000,000 VERIFIED, CONFIRMED, PROOF POSITIVE", the letter from Monies Advisory proclaims in capital letters. Unfortunately, the only thing that will be in your hands is a cheap booklet detailing a list of sweepstakes and other competitions you might be eligible to enter. The total prize pool of the competitions is more than $1,000,000.

  • Morgan Samuels Haggerty
    Morgan Samuels Haggerty

    They require a reservation fee from you of US$29.95 (approx $56 Australian) which actually buys you a piece of worthless junk jewellery and ensures whatever details you have provided them will be sent on to other offers...probably also scams.

  • National Awards Advisory Center
    National Awards Advisory Center

    NAAC is no different. Despite the impression given that you have won big money, you have won nothing! You have to enter the competitions (which have a total prize pool of $768,000) to win anything. Ask yourself, why should you pay money to find out about competitions that you can enter for free?

  • National Awards Clearinghouse
    National Awards Clearinghouse

    So what have you won? From the fine print: "The cash award eligibilities consist of the disbursement of various opportunities for fully vested eligibility to win over US$196,103.11 in cash awards." We don't know either.

  • National Awards Commission
    National Awards Commission

    Similar scam to the International Awards Treasury. Our contributors have told us they have never won money in the sweepstake and the jewellery they received was junk jewellery. The only thing you can be guaranteed of is receiving more and more of these offers.

  • Net Direct Electronics
    Net Direct Electronics

    Net Direct Electronics claim you are a cash award recipient in the US$10,000 International Sweepstakes. So what are the chances you will get the US$10,000. No WA ScamNet contributors have ever reported receiving the grand prize. The best you can hope for is US$1.

  • North American Award Centre
    North American Award Centre

    On first reading, the personally addressed letter seems to proclaim that you are a winner of a major cash prize ($13,200 and upwards). Of course, you haven’t actually won the money, just the opportunity to enter a competition to win the money.

  • Office of Unallocated Awards at Sweepstakes International
    Office of Unallocated Awards at Sweepstakes International

    We are very concerned about attempts to get you to invest in overseas lotteries and sweepstakes.There is little hope of getting your money or doing anything about it if you don't!

  • OGGM Grand Millionaire Winners Office
    OGGM Grand Millionaire Winners Office

    It’s a bit rich to call your company “Grand Millionaire Winners Office” when the grand prize is only $30,000.

  • O.M.G.A., Mondial Transport Express
    O.M.G.A., Mondial Transport Express

    You have won one of three prizes – a Mitsubishi Montero, a Toshiba 32” Flat Panel HD LCD television or an envelope containing a cash value of $800. Ask yourself why you need to pay $54 to redeem a prize you have won.

  • Opportunities Unlimited Publications Inc
    Opportunities Unlimited Publications Inc

    Opportunities Unlimited Publications Inc appears to operate an unlimited number of contests judging by the number of letters forwarded to WA ScamNet by our contributors.

  • Organisation Centre of Financial Gain (O.C.F.G)
    Organisation Centre of Financial Gain (O.C.F.G)

    The Organisation Centre of Financial Gain (O.C.F.G) should be renamed Organisation Centre of Fraudulent Gains or Scammers Inc.

  • Organization for the Worldwide Distribution of Gains
    Organization for the Worldwide Distribution of Gains

    Wow, you are the unique and exclusive Great Beneficiary of the exceptional sum of $47,500.Read the fine print and you’ll find that this is a promotional offer for the booklet “Recipes to easily win $100.00 to $500.00 per day on the lottery without leaving your home”.

  • ORGG

    ORGG should stand for “outrageous rip-offs guaranteed” because this latest offering from Blacktacos is nothing more than a guaranteed rip-off.

  • ORPB

    A scam letter from an organisation called ORPB in the Netherlands awards consumers $100,000 for the small sum of $45. Funds can be remitted by a draft made payable to “NCS” or by credit card to a post office box.

  • OTEP

    Do not be sucked in by the suggested urgency; a requirement for you to respond within 10 days. Also ignore claims there has been a special selection process declaring you as the ‘only’ winner. Truth is, the same letter has probably been sent to thousands of others and you’ll never receive any money in return. But at $30 back for every person who falls for it, you can work out what motivates OTEP, or whoever the senders really are.

  • Overseas Subscribers Agent, USA Mega Jackpots
    Overseas Subscribers Agent, USA Mega Jackpots

    Overseas Subscribers Agents are ticket sellers for super lotteries such as Euromillions and USA Mega Jackpot.“Be advised that there are deceptive operations that have recently engaged in criminal activities that have misled and materially harmed numerous people, creating scepticism that affects legitimate operations such as OSA and others.”

  • P.A.I.D

    A WA consumer, who sent off their money to Carter Hammond and Pierce, received a cheap photocopied booklet listing web-based sweepstake and prize giveaways. The consumer was ineligible to enter the sweepstake offering $1 million but could be in the running to win a bottle of intestinal cleanser! Second prize was $5 off a bottle of intestinal cleanser!

  • Payment Processing Bureau
    Payment Processing Bureau

    The most curious element is the fact that it uses the exact same return address as the Award Notification Service. So who is running these two offers out of the same post box...?

  • Payment Reporting Systems
    Payment Reporting Systems

    Payment Reporting Systems would have you believe that you are eligible for cash payments worth $5,822,052.63. but has a return address shared by other similar scams - Shannon Airport House in Ireland. Payment Reporting Systems will provide a refund if you are not satisfied (and who wouldn’t be!) and a means of getting off their mailing list. Why not give it a go.

  • Payment Resources Group
    Payment Resources Group

    You open the letter and there is a fake cheque for US$10,000 with your name written on it. WA ScamNet contributors, who have participated in these types of promotions in the past, have received jewellery that is more at home on the shelves of a $2 Discount Shop then in jewellery shop.

  • Power Lotto
    Power Lotto

    Don’t confuse Power Lotto Online Promo Program with Western Australia’s own Lotterywest Powerball. Powerball is a legitimate lottery run by Lotterywest, which operates lotteries in Western Australia with profits going back to the community. Power Lotto Online Promo Program is an advance fee fraud scam with profits going straight into the scammers’ pockets!!!

  • Premium Awards Office
    Premium Awards Office

    Why can't this "sponsor" simply advertise their "offers and items" to Western Australian consumers like yourselves the way the vast majority of legitimate traders do...? We'll ask them on your behalf...

  • Prize administration and payments
    Prize administration and payments

     why didn't "Prize Administration and Payments" in London simply deduct the $39.99 handling fee and send all our friends just $1,753.96?As usual, fine print on the back contradicts the impression given in headlines on the front. Your handling fee buys an entry into a sweepstakes where you have a one in 250,000 change of winning $1,793.95.


  • Prize Distribution Commission
    Prize Distribution Commission

    As usual the devil is in the detail. The terms and conditions begrudgingly reveal, There is "no firm offer"; and Only one final grand prize of $25,200 or a piece of valuable jewellery; The Grand Winner’s name, address, photo and voice can be used in advertising without compensation; and Reduction cheques (secondary winners) of $2,520 are valid exclusively for the purchase of an esoteric product called "Centuries-Old Protection of the Grand Masters’.

  • Prize Giveaway
    Prize Giveaway

    Prize Giveaway Inc claims to be an “authorised” referrer and can direct you to cash entities who can pay sweepstake prizes.You’ll probably find you are ineligible to enter some competitions. Some prize giveaways are run by legitimate retailers wanting to promote their business. Other competitions are conducted by direct marketing companies to get your personal information for mailing lists. Always ask yourself whether the prize is worth you being on yet another mailing list!

  • Prize Payments
    Prize Payments

    “Here, Made-Out to You, is Your Completion Document regarding Payout of the Monies now underway in accordance with the Appointed Issuance dates. This is the same offer made by 17 other scams operating out of three PO Boxes in Fort Langley, BC, Canada.

  • Prize Power Promotions
    Prize Power Promotions

    stay sharp. Don't fall into the trap of sending your hard earned cash in the hope that you will receive a new car or a massive cash payout just by solving a simple puzzle, and always remember: ...if it looks too good to be true, it probably is...!

  • Prize Settlement Headquarters
    Prize Settlement Headquarters

    The fine print reveals that all you will get for your hard earned cash is a report detailing competitions and lotteries you may be eligible to enter.This offer is not worth the paper it is printed on.

  • Prize World Incorporated
    Prize World Incorporated

    Prize World Incorporated (PWI) believes you are such a “deserving individual” they want to give you a formal compendium “Gift of Honour”.  This is the same offer made by 17 other scams operating out of three PO Boxes in Fort Langley, BC, Canada.

  • Professional Premiums of Utrecht
    Professional Premiums of Utrecht

    Great Cash and Merchandise Giveaway Ready for Immediate Shipment : But what have you won? The rules on the back of the form explain. The chances of winning the money, the food chopper, the TV and the cookware set are one in forty-eight thousand. Everyone who enters "wins" the cordless vacuum cleaner.

  • Promo Direct Ltd
    Promo Direct Ltd

    Promo Direct Ltd, ISS and B&N are masters of the postal scam.

  • Prosperity International
    Prosperity International

    When you read the Official Rules you are told that the the odds of winning the $6,000.00 in Prosperity International Cash Draw's Category One are 1:500,000. Hang on!  Didn't the letter say you'd already won, but failed to claim the money? If it looks too good to be true, it probably is…!

  • Puzzles 4 Cash
    Puzzles 4 Cash

    Would you hand over your personal details and $10 for the chance to win $10,000 in the future? It’s no puzzle that this is just another mail scam which you should avoid.

  • Quick Cash Contest
    Quick Cash Contest

    A guaranteed prize amount of $30,000 is yours by answering three questions, or so the organisers behind Quick Cash Contest claim. It’s no puzzle that this is the same scam operating under different names. Don’t waste your money by responding.

  • Ready Riches Contest
    Ready Riches Contest

    The competition does not close until next year (July 31, 2007) and money will not be paid out until December 2007. It seems a long time to wait to win a small amount of money in an international competition! WA ScamNet has never heard of anyone winning the grand prize in these competitions.

  • Rutger, Feinstein, Rohrbach & Stern Ltd
    Rutger, Feinstein, Rohrbach & Stern Ltd

    Rutger, Feinstein, Rohrbach & Stern have awardable funds totalling $2,540,910 for you. This is the same offer made by 17 other scams operating out of three PO Boxes in Fort Langley, BC, Canada.

  • Security Dispatch Ltd
    Security Dispatch Ltd

    This is just another jewellery promotion campaign. WA ScamNet has never heard of anyone winning the money. All you will receive is a cheap piece of jewellery.

  • Selective Awards Reporting Agency
    Selective Awards Reporting Agency

    Do you want more paperwork on your “to do” list at home?  Do you want to waste your time filling out entries into an international competition you may not win?  Then have Selective Awards Reporting Agency (SARA) got a deal for you!

  • Sentinel Marketing Group
    Sentinel Marketing Group

    A sentinel usually refers to a sentry or guard, sometimes a statue that guards a particular place, person or item, as well as an honour guard.

  • SIAL

    When is a cheque for $30,000 not a cheque? When “cheque for $30,000” is the name of a game being peddled by scammers SIAL.

  • SMS scams
    SMS scams

    Your phone bleeps to alert you that a text message has arrived and when you open the SMS proclaiming a cash or prize win in a promotion you don’t remember entering. If you respond to any of these texts, the scammers will find a way to extort money from you. The money you are paying up-front will not result in you getting anything in return. The only winner will be the person, or people, behind the bogus promotion.

  • S.O.F.T. Society for the Organisation of Fund Transfers
    S.O.F.T. Society for the Organisation of Fund Transfers

    “All of my heartiest congratulations! The present notice is made out uniquely for your benefit so that you can take immediate possession of the certified cheque that you have truly WON,” so the letter reads.Well, one thing is certain - you won’t become a millionaire by wasting your money on this rubbish!

  • Transglobal Commercial Services
    Transglobal Commercial Services

    Notice of Unclaimed Motor Vehicle or other Commercial Goods. What the headline gives, the fine print takes away. Advertising that creates a clear impression, then contradicts this impression in fine print is prohibited by the Fair Trading Act in Western Australia.

  • Transnational Awards Division
    Transnational Awards Division

    You receive a personally addressed “official registration confirmation” letter stating more than $2 million in prizes have been identified.

  • TransNational Trade Consortium of Nova Scotia, Canada
    TransNational Trade Consortium of Nova Scotia, Canada

    For between $39.95 and $79.95 per month you are guaranteed to receive some winnings from multiple entries into lottery syndicates operated on your behalf. Do you get to see your ticket numbers before each draw? We couldn't find that bit.

  • Transworld Property Repository
    Transworld Property Repository

    Why do the promoters feel the need to mislead readers into believing they have won something when that is just not true? Send misleading promotional material to WA ScamNet – for the benefit of the entire community.

  • UK National Lottery Sweepstake
    UK National Lottery Sweepstake

    Western Australians are receiving emails saying they have won a cash prize on the UK National Lottery online Sweepstakes International program. The email looks authentic using official logos and names – but it is an advance fee fraud, which will ask you to pay money to claim your prize.

  • Willington Pierce Brothers
    Willington Pierce Brothers

    Like Phoenix rising from the ashes, the Harris & Witherspoon postal scam has been reborn using a different name.

  • Willoughby and Johnson
    Willoughby and Johnson

    Free jewellery! It costs $80. It's worth $zero.

  • Winners Circle
    Winners Circle

    Photocopied lists of sweepstakes, competition and merchandise offers are the latest “prize” being peddled by scammers. Be warned: the fine print states that Winners Circle may send you different presentations of this offer and may give your details to other companies. Great! Now you can look forward to more scam mail.

  • Winners Location Corp/Smithhaven
    Winners Location Corp/Smithhaven

    Fraudsters must love coming up with new names or phrases to disguise their scams.

  • Winning Centre $30,000.00 settlement
    Winning Centre $30,000.00 settlement

    The key words in the fine print refer to hundreds of thousands of "entries" in the competition (not your "100% guaranteed cash settlement") and "At times our respondent list is shared with selected firms whose products and mailings may be of interest to you..." What similar mailings would apparently be of interest to you?  More misleading statements about a small fee payable to people you have never heard of, about prizes you have not won, in competitions you did not enter of course

  • Winterthur Asset Company
    Winterthur Asset Company

    A car, camera, computer or cash cheque – Winterthur Asset Company claims you qualify for one of these fantastic prizes. Do you really think that $39.95 is going to get you the Mercedes Benz – we doubt it! You are more likely to receive cheap jewellery, which is not worth the money you sent.

  • World Medal of Freedom
    World Medal of Freedom

    WA ScamNet is very pleased to announce that our very own Consumer Protection Commissioner Patrick Walker has been nominated for "The World Medal of Freedom". WA ScamNet suggests that ABI is just a "vanity" publisher who appeals to people who want a plaque on their wall or see their name in a book, even if the honour has no real credibility. In effect, they have purchased the honour.

  • Worldwide Cash Registry
    Worldwide Cash Registry

    Worldwide Cash Registry uses old world stationery with a touch of modern day security to try and convince people to part with $30, to be in the running for more than $2 million. WCR have several scams on the go at the same time, using the same name with a different postal address or the same postal address but different a scam.

  • World Wide Distribution Centre
    World Wide Distribution Centre

    This mob write to you requesting your permission to send you $8,000 on a Request for Delivery Release form which at first glance looks very much like a remittance form used by some legitimate operators. Although we share the news of these con artists with our colleagues overseas it is impossible to get consumers their money back if they fall for their tactics.


    WWW.SRC claims you have won $24,000 and the cheque is awaiting your collection. I’m getting a premonition. Are all these organisations and people one and the same? Why do I need to pay money to receive a prize? Read the conditions and it all becomes crystal clear. The prizes on offer are the $24,000 or “a piece of valuable jewellery”.

  • Yahoo Lottery Inc
    Yahoo Lottery Inc

    Scammers are using the name of one of the world’s biggest Internet companies to fleece people of money in an advance fee fraud email scam.