CNS Reporter
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31 Jul 2015
2:26 pm

Pick ‘n Pay cautions against WhatsApp scam

CNS Reporter

An SMS claiming the recipient could win an R8 000 shopping voucher from Pick 'n Pay has been doing the rounds on WhatsApp.

Picture: AFP

The supermarket giant has since issued a warning on their Facebook page after learning of the SMS, Zululand Observer reported.

“Pick n Pay will never ask you for your banking details or payment, to enter a competition or for any other reason – especially via SMS,” the warning read.

The scam seems to have migrated to WhatsApp. A message is sent including a link to a webpage that opens up a “Wheel of Fortune” feature.

Pick 'n Pay "Wheel of Fortune" scam. PIC: Zululand Observer.

Pick ‘n Pay “Wheel of Fortune” scam. PIC: Zululand Observer.

The user is asked to spin the wheel to stand a chance to win, and once they have “won”, it asks them to share the link with 10 of their WhatsApp contacts before clicking “Next” to claim the prize.

Pick ‘n Pay have distanced themselves from the SMS scam.

Pick 'n Pay "Wheel of Fortune" scam. PIC: Zululand Observer.

Pick ‘n Pay “Wheel of Fortune” scam. PIC: Zululand Observer.

Users are urged to immediately delete the message if received and to not open the link at all.

– Caxton News Service