Attempted fraud on the Internet not only increasingly harms private individuals, but also causes increasing concern for large companies such as the Spar Group based in Salzburg. Social networks with fake sweepstakes play a particularly important role here.
Unknown people create a fake profile in social networks – for example with the names “Spar Fans” or “Spar International”. According to “Spar” company spokeswoman Nicole Berkmann, they publish supposed sweepstakes. “The perpetrators promise horrendous profits, which of course we can’t spend,” says Berkmann.
These fake offers are spread on social networks such as Whatsapp, Facebook or Instagram. Even for such large companies as the savings group, it is difficult to take action against such cases of fraud, emphasizes company spokeswoman Berkmann.
“Are behind, but not always successful”
“We have a very good IT department and also a very good legal department, both of which take care of the problem. We can often pursue this successfully, but sometimes not,” admits Berkmann.
The group provides information on current scams on its website. The company spokeswoman advises not to click on any links or provide personal data in dubious sweepstakes. In the case of serious offers and companies, state the conditions of participation, an imprint and a contact option, adds Berkmann.