The hyperlinks promote gross sales purporting to be Witchery resembling “80 per cent off Witchery-flagship retailer closing clearance” however the retailer has notified clients these are rip-off web sites.
“More and more refined scammers proceed to plan convincing retailer web sites to dupe shoppers into believing they’re buying items on-line from reputable companies,” managing director Simon Schofield mentioned in a press release.
“Witchery has no affiliation with these web sites and are working intently with Instagram and Fb to have these web sites eliminated as a matter of urgency.”
Schofield added for any clients who’ve made purchases via the rip-off web sites to contact their banks for assist in getting the cash returned.
“We apologise for this expertise,” he mentioned.
Witchery additionally urged clients to report the fraudulent web sites to the social media web site.
“Witchery’s official domains are witchery.com.au, witchery.co.nz and witchery.com. Some other domains purporting to be Witchery are fraudulent and must be reported to your social media supplier,” Schofield mentioned.
An Australian Competitors & Shopper Fee (ACCC) spokesperson mentioned it has obtained 43 stories of faux Witchery websites over the previous month.
Clients have misplaced a complete of $7605.
”Most victims paid by bank card and have confronted the extra inconvenience of cancelling their bank card,” the spokesperson mentioned.
“Commercials for these websites have been reported on social networking websites, as pop-up ads on cell video games, as ads whereas searching the web, and by e-mail.
”We urge people to be careful for web sites promoting merchandise at costs that appear too good to be true.”
ACCC has urged victims of the rip-off to contact their financial institution instantly.