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Tue, 28 Aug, 2018Danielle McCarthy

Police issue warning over JB Hi-Fi text message scam

Police issue warning over JB Hi-Fi text message scam

Police have issued a warning about a new text message scam that is claiming to give Aussies the opportunity to be product “testers” for JB Hi-Fi.

NSW Police confirmed they were aware of the SMS scam and urged Aussies to ignore the messages.

“We advise not clicking the link or responding to the message,” JB Hi-Fi said in a statement.

“Scammers are clever and can make their content and messages look like us, but we would never ask for your personal information via SMS.

“JB will only use SMS to deliver notifications, services or if you have asked our counter staff to send you a copy of a digital receipt for your in-store purchase.

“The best thing to do is to delete these fake text messages.”

Earlier this month, Aussies were also warned of a phone scam involving overseas calls.

The overseas callers would prank a number with the hope that they will call back, charging the unsuspecting caller a hefty bill for the call.

The scammers often use premium lines, similar to those that are used by psychic or sex hotlines, that end up costing the caller a small fortune.

The Australia Competition and Consumer Commission’s deputy chair, Delia Rickard, warned Aussies to ignore calls from country codes that are unfamiliar.

“What typically happens is the scammer calls for just one ring then cuts the line leaving a missed call on the victim’s phone,” Ms Rickard told the ABC.

“Then the victim calls the number back and they could be put on hold, have music playing or they could try and chat."

This scam has seen many people receive missed calls from countries like Cuba, Africa and Latvia in recent months.

Have you received this text message scam? Let us know in the comments below. 

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