Warning over supermarket phishing scam

MICHELLE ROBINSON
Last updated 17:44 27/11/2012

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At least 80 people have fallen victim to a phishing scam which promises people Countdown supermarket store credit.

The email scam entices people to fill out a customer satisfaction survey with the promise of $50 in store credit in time for Christmas.

It asks five questions about Countdown before requesting the recipient's contact details, drivers licence and credit card details.

At least 80 people have contacted the supermarket chain about the scam so far, with up to 2000 customers sharing a warning posted on its Facebook page.

It follows a similar email and Facebook scam in Australia where $400 Woolworths vouchers were offered.

"Countdown will never ask for this level of information online and we strongly recommend that people do not respond to this survey," spokesman Luke Schepen said.

Phishing is a common form of scam where fraudsters attempt to get bank account details and other personal information by pretending to be from a well-known organisation.

Consumer NZ is aware of a range of phishing scams promising tax refunds, inviting people to cut their electricity bills by using environmentally friendly "green" energy, and survey scams claiming to be from McDonald's restaurants.

Consumer NZ advises people against sending personal details via email or online, and to delete suspicious emails without responding.

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