I just got an email today from Woolworth that looked legitimate enough but is obviously a scam. You may have got one as well. It looks like the image below.
Woolworth Lottery Phishing Email
I had to look twice when I received this Woolworth Lottery email because I’m actually a Woolworths reward member. I did a bit of a double take though when I saw the email address they sent it to. It wasn’t the email address I signed up with! That was the first warning.
The second one was the fact that it didn’t mention my name in the email. To date every email I’ve received from Woolworths addressed me by my first name.
The third thing warning was that the link in the email did not point to their domain at all. After clicking it, which you should never do but I did because that’s the sort of guy I am, putting myself at risk for the greater good. 😉 Anyway it redirected me to page that also looked legit but again was complete bullshit.
This email was obviously meant to get you to divulge your personal information, either to try for identity theft or to hit you with other scams. Apparently there are other Woolworth scams out there and you can read about it here.
I know I’ve said this before but if you ever get any email saying you’ve won the lottery or that you’re going to get some free tickets in a lottery or something it’s going to be complete bullshit. Delete the email immediately.
The only way to win the lottery is to actually go out there and buy an actual tickets. Did you know that you can actually buy your lottery tickets online? While there are probably fake sites out there, there are also online lottery sites that have proven to be legitimate. I think you’ll fine this article most interesting.