Famous women’s fashion brand Witchery targeted in online scam
The links advertise sales claiming to be witchcraft, such as “80% off witchcraft flagship store closing clearance,” but the retailer informed customers that these were fraudulent websites.
“Increasingly sophisticated scammers continue to design convincing retailer websites to trick consumers into thinking they are buying goods online from legitimate businesses,” chief executive Simon Schofield said in a statement. .
“Witchery has no affiliation with these websites and is working closely with Instagram and Facebook to have these websites removed as a matter of urgency.”
Schofield added that all customers who made purchases through the fraudulent websites should contact their bank for assistance in recovering the money.
“We apologize for this experience,” he said.
Witchery also urged customers to report fraudulent websites to the social media site.
“The official Witchery domains are witchery.com.au, witchery.co.nz and witchery.com. Any other domains claiming to be Witchery are fraudulent and should be reported to your social media provider,” Schofield said.
A spokesperson for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it had received 43 reports of fake Witchery sites in the past month.
Clients lost a total of $7605.
“Most victims paid by credit card and faced the added inconvenience of canceling their credit card,” the spokesperson said.
Advertisements for these sites have been reported on social media sites, in the form of pop-up ads on mobile games, ads while browsing the internet and via email.
“We urge individuals to beware of websites selling products at prices that seem too good to be true.”
The ACCC urged victims of the scam to contact their bank immediately.
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