If like me you have many gullible friends on Facebook, then I’m sure you’ve been invited to an Aldi voucher give away in the last few weeks. I got concerned about this as there are about 10,000 people out there that have accepted the invitation, including a number of my friends. So I decided to do a little digging.
My first port of call was to call Aldi on 1800 99 18 28, and after a 17 minute wait (thank god it was a free phone number), I got through to a lovely lady named Amy, I put the situation to her and the first word out of her mouth was scam, That’s right folks, it’s a scam. Aldi have denied it is anything to do with them.
I then went looking further and did some googling, I found that what happens here, as I wasn’t foolish enough to click on the link, is you get redirected to another site, unrelated to Aldi or Facebook, where your promised vouchers are held hostage by the need to select and complete a survey. You can see the page to claim your vouchers behind the surveys so you click into them.
Pretty mundane stuff in the surveys, but when you go to claim your “prize” we start to get to the juicy stuff, you’re asked for your contact details so “Aldi” can send your vouchers. So you give them your name, address, sometimes date of birth, and then the big one, your telephone number.
So you think nothing of it for a while, forget you ever went looking for those vouchers and suddenly you’re getting annoying text messages offering you ringtones, wallpapers and local ladies in your area who want to “party”. You can’t figure out why you’re getting these messages and your first action is to ignore the messages only to find your credit gone or your bill looking like the Encyclopedia Britannica, being shipped to your house in several boxes. The reason for this biblical bill? These messages can cost you up to €5/6 to receive just 1. You could be signed up for a number of different “services” getting up to 4 messages a week from each one. That’s a lot of Euro out of your pocket and into the scammers pocket.
Another angle on this, is the list of 10,000 gullible idiots, is sold for a considerable amount to direct mailing companies, who bombard your house with junk mail and more strange offers than you can shake a stick at.
Here’s the scoop people, Aldi don’t do vouchers, and anyone that falls for this type of scam with all the information out there is a fool, there I said it. A quick look at their website or a not so quick telephone call will tell you that responding to this invitation is nothing short of idiotic.
They say a fool and his money are easily parted. It definitely rings through in this case.