Urgent warning on supermarket scam spreading on social media

Australians have been issued an urgent warning about a dangerous new supermarket scam circulating on social media.

Job hunters around Australia are being urged to be wary of a new supermarket scam as authorities crack down on fraudsters.

A new and sophisticated job scam has joined a growing list of phony offers, with confused applicants turning to social media for answers.

Fake recruitment letters, which have been confirmed as a scam, are being circulated on social media, with vulnerable Australians targeted by the swindlers.

The letters, which promise applicants a range of ALDI positions and salaries, appear to contain an official ALDI Australia letterhead and watermark.

In one dodgy letter, an applicant, who had already applied for a job with the supermarket, was offered a position in Adelaide as a Warehouse Manager with a monthly salary of $7500.

“With reference to your previous application for job engagement to ALDI Australia supermarket, and the management hereby congratulates you on your successful emergence based on detailed recruitment by our official recruitment consultants,” the letter states.

He took to Twitter to confirm with ALDI whether the offer was genuine.

“I got the appointment letter – could you please confirm it’s genuine or fake? I will wait for reply,” the job hunter wrote.

ALDI Australia responded to confirm the letter was fake.

“This is not a legitimate letter from ALDI Australia,” the comment read.

“We recommend visiting http://aldicareers.com.au to view our current job vacancies.”

The letter provides a range of instructions which the applicant must follow as part of the recruitment process, which are suspected to enable fraudsters to gain money and or personal details from their victims.

Social media users have cautioned others about the scam, with one shopper warning the fake job ad was being circulated on Facebook.

“Message to all ALDI shoppers, there is a scam post targeting people who want to give you a job and to click on their site,” they said.

“Don’t do it, Facebook has to weed out these f***ing mongrels targeting vulnerable people. Be careful.”

Another ALDI fan commented on the post, saying they had seen the scam posted “a few times a week”.

ALDI Australia has been contacted for comment.

With new and increasingly sophisticated scams popping up across the internet, Gina Cass-Gottlieb, chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, said a three-pronged approach was being used to tackle the issue.

News Source: NCA Newswire

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