Countdown scam warning
Unfortunately there are a number of scams at any given time where the Countdown brand is used to target customers, asking for personal details.
Countdown does not and will not ask for personal details such as PIN numbers over the phone or online.
We would strongly encourage our customers not to give out their personal details to anyone proclaiming to be from Countdown. If you have any doubts, please contact us immediately on 0800 40 40 40.
We are regularly in touch with the Police when we become aware of scams.
Below are a couple of regularly-used scams:
- Customers receiving an email saying they have won a Countdown gift card or prize voucher which links to a gambling website.
- Customers receiving an email saying that they have been credited with free 'grocery dollars' with a 'Pre-Paid Golden Card'.
- We have had reports from customers that the website kiwishoppingvoucher.com is advertising $1000 of Countdown vouchers if you enter your personal information into a draw. This website is not connected to Countdown and has been found to spam people with advertising and charge per text message. We advise customers not to participate in the draw.
- Customers receive a phone call to ask for a series of four digit pin numbers before or after they have stolen the person’s EFTPOS card.
- Customers receive an email or letter stating that they have won an amount of money, they then have to ring or email personal details to receive the voucher.
- Customers get a telephone offer of a $500 hamper and personal details are requested. The same process could also be directed to either telephone number or website.
Remember, if the offer seems too good to be true or sounds suspicious, it probably is.