Australians have been urged to be wary of a sophisticated new ALDI supermarket scam targeting job hunters.
Confused applicants have taken to social media to query recruitment correspondence they’ve received which appears to contain an official ALDI Australia letterhead and watermark.
The letters, which have been confirmed as a scam, promise applicants a range of ALDI positions and salaries.
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In one fake recruitment letter viewed by 7NEWS.com.au, a job hunter was offered a position in Adelaide as a Warehouse Manager with a monthly salary of $7500.
The letter was sent to a man who’d already applied for a previous job with ALDI Australia.
“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.
It then provides a range of instructions that the applicant must go through as part of the recruitment process.
It’s believed that it is through these steps that the fraudsters are able to gain money and or personal details from the job hunter.
Responding to one applicant who’d been sent a fake recruitment letter, a supermarket spokesperson responded: “This is not a legitimate letter from ALDI Australia.”
Social media users have warned others to be wary of the cruel scam, which has also been circulating 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,” said one.
“Don’t do it, Facebook has to weed out these f***ing mongrels targeting vulnerable people.
Said another: “My mate fell for it and wound up paying a few hundred bucks. These people are scum.”
Write one more: “This has been happening a few times a week.”
The ACCC’s Scamwatch says phishing scams – like this ALDI recruitment letter – work by fooling consumers into believing they’re dealing with a genuine retailer.
“Phishing messages are designed to look genuine, and often copy the format used by the organization the scammer is pretending to represent, including their branding and logo,” it said.
“They will take you to a fake website that looks like the real deal, but has a slightly different address. For example, if the legitimate site is ‘www.realbank.com.au’, the scammer may use an address like ‘www.reallbank.com’.
“If you provide the scammer with your details online or over the phone, they will use them to carry out fraudulent activities, such as using your credit cards and stealing your money.”
Scamwatch encourages consumers to report scams here.