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Countdown warns customers over text scam

smartphoneCountdown is warning customers to ignore any texts that appear to come from the supermarket and say they have won a prize draw.

The retailer posted a message on its Facebook page alerting followers to the scam and advising them not to click on the link embedded in the text.

“Unfortunately, there are often scams going around using well known brand names, such as ours,” Countdown’s Facebook post said.

“Recently, many of our customers have told us they have received a text like this one – this message is a scam and has no association with us. Please do not click the link.”

Earlier in the month, electronics retailer Harvey Norman saw a similar message doing the rounds. Customers received messages saying they had an item ready for pick-up and were told to click a link to ‘check the details’.

“Harvey Norman is aware of a current SMS based campaign offering customers free products, particularly televisions, from Harvey Norman franchised stores. This message is a scam,” the business wrote in a post to its Facebook followers.

Countdown has been contacted for comment.

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