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.
Customers should be cautious about any email that offers free shopping at Countdown.
If an email you received doesn't look like an email you'd usually receive from Countdown, doesn't come from a Countdown email address, has a .zip file attachment or there is any mention of an international address, then this is likely a scam.
Below are some regularly-used scams:
- Emails coming from "email@example.com" advising you that you are on the list to win a Gift Card. Do not click any links on the email, including the links to "unsubscribe".
- Emails stating you have paid your bill twice and you need to click a link to confirm the refund.
- Emails coming from "count_down" advising you that you have won, or could win a varying sum of money, generally $2000. This is a scam and is in no way associated with us.
- A fake Facebook page called "CountDown" which has sponsored posts encouraging people to enter a survey. We will only ever post from our verified Facebook page (with the blue tick next to it).
- Emails from "firstname.lastname@example.org" asking you to complete a survey.
- Emails from "London Mediterranean Festival" asking customers to "call our reward computer" are a scam. Please do not click any links within the email.
- Emails from "Voucher World - Countdown" are in no way associated with us. Please do not engage with the email.
- Any text messages from 2991 or 5428 telling you, you have won a voucher or gift card.
- There is a known pop up on Facebook that appears when some links are clicked on. This pop up is a survey that encourages customers to answer questions in order to win prizes such as phones and gaming devices. We encourage customers who see this to not engage with it, or share it.
- Email from someone at "CountDoown Store" regarding a monthly drawn of a 500 NZD Countdown voucher.
- Any emails from "Countdown Support" advising you of suspicious activity. Please do not click the link within the email.
- Emails claiming there has been suspicious activity on your account and ask you to click a link (hattaxen) to verify your IP address. Please do not click the link!
- Emails from email@example.com offering a chance to win grocery vouchers - do not click on the link.
- Emails from firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning a persons colleague has tried to contact you in regard to a $2000 Countdown gift card.
- Emails offering a refund from any supermarket, sent from Digipaymium Limited.
- Any email with reference to a 2000 NZD Countdown giftcard from email@example.com or Agence Keriola.
- Any 'promotional' emails sent by "KiwiWithLove" or i.getkiwimail.com or freebiefox.co.nz or firstname.lastname@example.org or a beatfrisk.com or email@example.com email address.
- Emails from firstname.lastname@example.org are not associated with us. Please DO NOT open the zip file attached to the email.
- Any suspicious emails with zip files attached. Be very cautious with these and get in contact before opening the file if you are unsure.
- An email on behalf of Survey Card wanting to connect with you to give you a $2000 Countdown Survey Gift.
- Any communications from photographers offering up Countdown gift cards have no association with Countdown.
- A Facebook advertisement offering a fake Countdown $75 voucher for a 36th anniversary.
- Emails from "Countdown Warehouse" claiming the recipient has won a gift.
- Email communications from Prize Notification or Countdown Survey with the subject line "Re: confirmation of Countdown prize, <name>".
- Any coupons on Facebook or the internet from coupons4u.site have no association with Countdown.
- Any Jobs advertised through 'Job in a Click' have no association with Countdown.
- 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.
- Emails from newzealandjustdeals.com asking for credit card details to purchase a $50 Countdown voucher for $1.
- Emails from Counttdown Express Emma stating that you have been chosen to receive a Countdown grocery voucher worth $1000 and requests you to answer 3 questions and confirm your details.
Remember, if the offer seems too good to be true or sounds suspicious, it probably is.
To report a scam to internet safety group NetSafe, either log the incident via its website or call NetSafe on 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723).