Don't Fall For The JB Hi-Fi $200 Voucher Facebook Hoax

It's the golden rule of the internet - if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There's currently a JB Hi-Fi scam doing the rounds on Facebook promising a free $200 gift card to the first 25,000 attendants of a special JB Hi-Fi event. The only thing you're going to win by joining the event is compromised privacy and online security.

At the time of writing, more than 43,000 people have registered as attending the event, with over a million more "invited".

Gizmodo spoke to JB Hi-Fi CEO Terry Smart who told us that the company discovered the scam early Friday, and took immediate steps to dissuade people from taking part, posting messages on their Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as their home page:

“The 'Free JB Hi-Fi Gift Card' offer being shared on Facebook is a hoax. Please be aware of this scam, DO NOT 'like' or 'share' on Facebook or enter any personal details. For more information please visit scamwatch.gov.au”

If you take a laissez-faire attitude to your privacy and clicked on the event, you'll probably need to resecure your Facebook account, before the scammers can harvest too much information. Scamwatch has a couple of links on how to do that, as well as some good ideas to keep in mind the next time you think a major corporation is going to give you lots of stuff for nothing on social networks...

[Scamwatch] [Thanks Chris!]

Republished from Gizmodo


Comments

    Seen a few of them... Reppler seems to do a good job of telling me if my account has been compromised, or if I've posted something I didn't intend.

    It never ceases to amaze me, I've seen a couple where you have to like a page completely unrelated to JB Hi-Fi promising gift vouchers, obviously people don't think with their heads on Facebook anymore. Why would JB Hi-Fi give away 5 Million dollars worth of vouchers to get 25,000 people through the door?

    Common sense isn't so common I guess.

    but the $500 Target voucher is real right??!!!!

    *sigh*

    It's renamed to "First 100,000" and now has 94,000 people with 2.2 million invited. Christ people are stupid.

    I had a look at the source of a fake JB HIFI page, and the gift card remaning counter was just programmed to go down by one every second, indicating a scam.

      It's pretty funny when you refresh it and goes back to 1209 remaining :P

    Shouldn't Facebook take the page down?

      I wonder if anyone actually took the time to report the page to facebook as a scam.

    I don't use FB, but I can see why some people are duped by these scams.

    There IS a ton of free stuff to be had on FB!

    Two friends of mine between them have won a heap of stuff on FB including free shoes (twice from the same company - I'd never heard of them so I don't remember their name), concert tickets, movie tickets, 4 (!!!) mountain bikes, camping gear, and a weekend away at a BnB. These are just the prizes I can remember. There may well be more.
    I'm lucky enough to have been invited along to several concerts and one music festival, courtesy of my friends good fortune on FB.

    I have no idea how much time and effort they put in to win so many prizes, or how many times they had their accounts compromised in the effort (email accounts, FB accounts, or others).
    Like I said - I'm not even on FB (it's a personal preference not worth discussing here) - but if you are then I can see the appeal of bogus offers like this.

    Just be careful, boys and girls.

    A friend invited me to it who got fooled. I would have thought the domain name being .tk and redirecting to a .info domain name would have been a dead giveaway - something like this, a company would use their real domain name (hint, it ends in .com.au)

    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So true. That is why research is necessary for any product deals or promos found online. You can never be too sure what you get.

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