How to Spot a Scam!

22 May 2019

22 May 2019: UPDATE

Paypal Scam

We have received information about a scam where members of the public receive a message telling them that they have received a large Paypal payment.  In order to receive it, the victim is asked to transfer $200 as a "commission" using SPAR Money Transfer. This is a scam.  Do not make any SPAR Money Transfers if you receive a message like this.

11th July 2018: UPDATE

Fake Instagram Profile


 This  is a fake Instagram profile. Our real Instagram page is @my_spar. 

Whatsapp Message

SPAR does not communicate with customers via Whatsapp. The following message is a scam. 

SPAR is giving away free vouchers worth R3500 to celebrate its 55rd anniversary. 
I just received mine free voucher

8th May 2018:  UPDATE

The same scams involving an invitation to participate in a SPAR survey via SMS or WhatsApp and the 85th Birthday R4000 voucher giveaway are doing the rounds again. SPAR is not running a survey or celebrating its 85th Anniversary. Please do not participate.

21st August 2017: UPDATE

We are aware of another scam involving an invitation to participate in a SPAR survey via SMS or WhatsApp. SPAR is not running a survey. Please do not participate.


Dear SPAR customers, There are currently a number of scams affecting shoppers around the country. To help you remain alert to these threats please keep a copy of the below points with you, and check them whenever you are unsure about whether something seems too good to be true. If you are unsure of any of the below points, it could be a scam.

  • SPAR will not randomly call you to enter a competition. None of SPAR's competitions work in this way.
  • Can you find the competition on or on our Facebook page?
  • Did you enter the competition in store or via the SPAR website or Facebook page?
  • Do you need to supply your banking details?
Don’t do it! SPAR will never ask for banking details via Whatsapp or SMS or by phone call.

You can only be a winner with SPAR Rewards if you have:

  • Swiped your SPAR Rewards card in store.
  • Entered your mobile number at the till point in the process of a SPAR Rewards transaction.

Be careful of links!

  • Any communication with a link that does not include ‘’ is a scam.
  • If a URL link looks strange or ends in ‘.com’ or something similar do not click the link.

Below are some examples of scams using links which are not from SPAR:

The URL in the above image ends in .com - This is one way to spot a scam

scam2.jpgThe URL in the above image does not include '' - This is a scam

If an image doesn’t use the correct SPAR logo this is likely a scam


In the above scam the SPAR logo is blue. The SPAR logo is always green. If you're ever unsure check it with the logo on the website.

If you are ever in doubt contact SPAR Customer Care on 0860 313 141 or ask on the My SPAR Facebook page.

If you have any more tips for spotting a scam please share them with us in the comments section so that we can share them with the rest of the My SPAR community.