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Aussies warned to ignore fake ‘Woolworths’ job offer

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The exterior of a Woolworths store and a screenshot of the scam text.
Aussies are being told to be mindful of scams when receiving texts from unknown numbers (Source: Getty)

Australians are being warned about a new text scam that is allegedly sent from Woolworths, offering a too-good-to-be-true job opportunity.

Pretending to be a Woolworths project manager, the scammer claims to offer a new remote-work position in the well-known supermarket chain.

It is also offering a comfortable daily salary of over $200.

The text contains a link to Whatsapp the fake project manager, but Aussies have been warned to not click the link and immediately delete the text if they’ve received it.

COVID-19 lockdowns have seen an increase of cyber-attacks targeting Australian consumers.

Vulnerable Australians seeking work could fall for this type of scam, which is burning an expensive hole in our wallets: as of August 2021, jobs and employment scams have cost Australians $921,627 according to ScamWatch.

Experts are urging those to ignore these texts and reminding them to be cautious when receiving texts from unknown numbers.

A screenshot of the scam text purporting to be from Woolworths
Aussies have been told not to click the link in this scam text.

Avast cybersecurity expert Stephen Kho said whilst phishing, malware and ransomware attacks are on the rise, the number one cyber threat for Australians is actually a lack of ‘cyber mindfulness’.

“When going online or using their devices, many [Aussies are] not considering how easily they could become a victim of cybercrime,” Kho said.

“The truth is that the online world is evolving fast and everyone with a digital footprint has something valuable cybercriminals crave – personal data.”

Jaimie Bloch, a psychologist, and behavioural expert said there are simple ways for Australians to keep from falling victim to scams.

“Practising mindfulness has become extremely popular of late with many taking the time to reflect during the pandemic,” Bloch said.

“Ultimately, practising cyber mindfulness is just as important, if not more so, with more people online than ever before and a growing number of cyber threats to watch out for.

In August 2021 alone, Aussies lost over $26.5 million in scams according to the ACCC’s Scamwatch.

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