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E-mail Scam Asserting as Distributing JB Hi-Fi Goods for Free

CAV has come to know about one e-mail scam that poses as distributing freebies from JB Hi-Fi the retail chain for entertainment, published consumer.vic.gov.au dated August 25, 2015.

It maybe noted that as government organization of Victoria State in Australia, CAV promotes and safeguards people's interest when they buy things.

The fraudulent electronic mail states that the e-mail recipient has been chosen as benefited with a scheme known as "A Wish for Your Friend" under which he/she can select a tablet device or smart-phone for his/her friend.

So for choosing the item, the user requires clicking one given web-link, the messagestates.

Under this situation, CAV cautions recipients of electronic mails supposedly offering consumer items to determine the messages' veracity by checking with their senders. So it's suggested that no web-link leading onto websites that's unrecognizable to the user must be clicked.

The organization adds that it got 185 complaints about illegitimate advertising campaigns involving bogus electronic mails during 2014 April-2015 March.

Michael McKinnon Security Advisor with AVG stated that possibly the apparently harmless bogus e-mail promising JB Hi-Fi items had nefarious intentions. SmartCompany.com.au reported this, August 26, 2015.

Meanwhile, the case of JB Hi-Fi happens to be of the most recent Australian retail seller exploited within an e-mail fraud. Other companies whose customers too have been tricked lately are Aldi, Coles and Woolworths, says McKinnon.

McKinnon further says the web-links seem as taking onto pages which solicit plentiful information, with one oddly asking the user the maiden name of his mother. Consequently, one becomes sure of the current scams as moving ahead within the ID-theft trail. The advisor states the scammers possibly considered JB Hi-Fi as one easy target since it's a leading retail trader, and so it's still one more instance of a fraud dependent and riding on reputable brands' goodwill.

McKinnon thinks that if any business has a wide recognition of its brand inside certain regions, that business is regarded as a fair target for scammers' schemes. The more a company brand experiences widespread recognition, the greater is the possibility such a business' brand will be exploited within a scam likewise as above.

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