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Ramsay calls for investigation into gift card scam

Liberal Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay last night called on the Minister for Consumer Affairs to investigate if Woolworths had breached the Code of Advertising and Promotion Conduct for an apparent scam that promises a $2,000 gift card from Woolworths.

Mr Ramsay detailed the scam the supermarket continues to use in order to obtain personal information for advertising purposes.

“Customers are receiving messages claiming they have won a $2000 Woolworths gift card as part of their customer of the month program; consumers are then required to answer a series of questions and finally register their private details to be put into a draw for the prize.

“ Mr Ramsay said there needs to be an immediate investigation into the current sales practice of gift cards to see if they meet the consumer protection test.

“This promotion is completely misleading and deceptive and in no way a reflection of the message”.

“The message that reads, Congratulations! You have won a $2,000 Woolworths gift card as part of our Customer of the Month program, is a sham and only intended to obtain my personal information.”

“I feel sorry for those that believe they have won, only to find it is a ruse.”

“This deceit has to stop, and I call on the Minister to bring these shoddy promotional campaigns by these large retail businesses into line,” said Mr Ramsay.