JB Hi-Fi warns customers about fake voucher giveaway

Retailer advises that $200 gift voucher offer on Facebook is a scam

A Bahamas-based travel website called ‘myholidayvouchers.info’ is understood to be behind a Facebook scam that targeted Australians with the offer of a $200 JB Hi-Fi (ASX: JBH) gift voucher.

The scammers asked people to share the Web page with their friends, provide personal information and add the comment `Thanks!’ to receive the voucher.

JB Hi-Fi chief executive, Terry Smart, told Computerworld Australia that the retailer was alerted to the scam on Friday, 12 December and posted information on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

“They [scammers] bait people with prizes that are supposedly from reputable retailers,” he said.

“This is the first Facebook scam I can recall that has targeted us. All they’ve done is taken a JB Hi-Fi image and used that on the website.”

While he was not aware of any people being taken in by the scam, Smart warned customers to be vigilant as other Australian retailers such as supermarket chain, Coles, had been targeted.

In October, an offer for a free Coles $500 gift card appeared on Facebook. Like the JB Hi-Fi scam, people had to share a Web page and enter personal details.

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