Have you received a text that claims you have won 400 Rand from SPAR for partaking in a free spin? Read this review to find out what you should do next.
SPAR 40th Anniversary Free Gift- Scam or Legit?
We have been receiving mails from readers, bearing screenshots of notifications claiming they are among the lucky winners in a so called ”SPAR 4Oth Anniversary Spin and Win”
The text goes like this-
This might look so convincing, and make you think that your dreams are about to be realized. Hey! rejoice not, the SPAR 40th Anniversary Scam is the new scam round the block. As you can see the link does not come from spar.com. This is a first sign that it is a fake link.
This review is going to show you how this scam works.
SPAR 40th Anniversary Scam- How It Works!
The free spin and win is being sent out by scammers. This is a bait to trick you into believing you have won money from SPAR. The SPAR Anniversay Scam text has a malicious link attached to it which you are expected to click in order to claim your prize. But this is where the scam begins.
The link is a malicious one and is already flagged down by some strong browsers. When you visit it, it sends a malware to your phone, which tries to steal your personal and financial information or your credit card pin.
The scammers are however not intelligent. Some of the people who received the text message have never shopped from Spar, and have never applied for a freebie online.
When we made enquiry with SPAR on Facebook, we were told they were running no such prize, thus it is not legitimate.
What Should You Do If You Receive Phishing Texts Like This
No matter how convincing it sounds, you shouldn’t visit the link or links attached to such messages/mails or send your personal information.
The first thing you should do is ignore such messages, and look for reviews online about it.
Always remember that Legitimate companies do not ask their winners to send money or personal information in order to collect their prizes.