Posted on 06. Sep, 2010 in News

Consumer Affairs Minister Tony Robinson today warned Victorians to watch out for a scam claiming to be from McDonald’s.

Mr Robinson said con artists claiming to represent the global fast food chain were texting and emailing unsuspecting Victorians with offers of money, food vouchers, cars and petrol cards.

To receive the prize, all consumers had to do was fill out a bogus customer satisfaction survey and submit their credit card details.

Mr Robinson said anyone contacted with the scam should immediately delete the email or text message.

“The Brumby Labor Government is standing up for all Victorians by making sure they can identify scams and take action so they don’t become victims of fraud or lose their hard-earned money,” he said.

“Scams often look and sound genuine. By using the well-known name McDonald’s, con artists are trying to gain legitimacy for their scam with brand recognition.

“But don’t be fooled – why do you need to submit your credit card details to complete a customer satisfaction survey?

“This scam has nothing to do with McDonald’s. The so-called survey is just a ruse to con you out of your personal financial details.”

Mr Robinson advised Victorians to take a few simple precautions to avoid being scammed:

  • Delete unsolicited and suspicious emails and text messages. Don’t click on any of the links or call back any phone numbers provided;
  • Don’t give out bank or financial details online unless it is through a secure website;
  • Install up-to-date computer privacy protection software; and
  • Think hard before sending money to someone you have never met.

For more information about scams, or to dob in a scam, call Consumer Affairs Victoria on 1300 558 181 or visit

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