ALDI supermarket shoppers urged to be wary of new free LG television scam circulating on Facebook | 7NEWS

ALDI shoppers have been urged to be wary of a “convincing” new supermarket scam targeting vulnerable social media users.

A fake Facebook post is currently circulating, telling consumers they can pick up a free LG television by following a few simple steps.

The post includes photos showing crates of the big-screen TVs in a warehouse, as well as ALDI workers standing in front of a store.

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It further claims that the TVs were damaged during delivery, which is what has prompted the giveaway – a claim which is not true.

“Hundreds of TVs from Aldi broke slightly on their way to our warehouse. All of these televisions are still fully functional but may have minor dents or scratches,” the scam post reads.

“Rather than throwing it away, we decided to give it to people who shared and commented before June 15th. We have four pallets, and the shipment will arrive the following day.”

Since going live on Facebook, it appears thousands have fallen for the scam.

The post has attracted more than 7,000 comments and shares, with more than 2,000 people pleading with the fake Facebook page to gift them a free TV.

“My mum would love one of these as she is a pensioner,” wrote one.

Said another: “What a wonderful thing ALDI is doing. Very thoughtful in this terrible time of everything getting so expensive and no money left for buying ‘luxury items’. Great work, ALDI.”

Added one more: “What a wonderful way to give shoppers a special treat in these hard times.”

Once a Facebook user comments on the post, the administrators of the fake ALDI page then direct them to a website where they are then asked to hand over sensitive and personal details.

While thousands have fallen for the scam, others appear to be more sceptical of the post.

“This is a scam. Granted it’s a sophisticated and very convincing scam – but it’s still a scam,” one said.

Another added: “Companies would send the damaged in transit back to the manufacturer to get a full refund, so why would they lose money selling them off cheap?”

A third responded: “ALDI sell Bauhn brand televisions, people! And their warehouses don’t look like that – and they use blue or red pallets for their stock.”

The ACCC’s Scamwatch says phishing scams – like this fake ALDI post – work by fooling consumers into believing they’re dealing with a genuine retailer.

“Phishing messages are designed to look genuine, and often copy the format used by the organisation the scammer is pretending to represent, including their branding and logo,” it said.

“They will take you to a fake website that looks like the real deal, but has a slightly different address. For example, if the legitimate site is ‘www.realbank.com.au’, the scammer may use an address like ‘www.reallbank.com’.

“If you provide the scammer with your details online or over the phone, they will use them to carry out fraudulent activities, such as using your credit cards and stealing your money.”

Scamwatch encourages consumers to report scams here.