Post going viral on Facebook claims that you can win 10 minutes to ‘go crazy’ and take anything you want in a JB Hi-Fi store just by liking, sharing, and commenting.
The post is fraudulent. It is not associated with JB Hi-Fi and the promised ‘ten minutes to go crazy’ prize does not exist. The post is a scam designed to trick people into divulging their personal information on dodgy prize offer websites. If this fake prize post comes your way, do not help the scammers by participating.
WIN 10 MINUTES IN OUR STORE TO GO CRAZY!
Now you have the chance to go crazy in one of our
stores and take everything you want for 10 minutes!To join you have to:
1. Like the picture
2. Comment “crazy”
2. Share the picture
4. Join hereWe will announce the winners the 18th of June!
According to a post that is currently spreading rapidly on Facebook, you can win the chance to ‘go crazy’ for ten minutes in Australian consumer electronics store JB Hi-Fi. Supposedly, if you win, you can take anything you want from the store during your ‘crazy’ ten minutes. To win, claims the message, all you need to do is like and share the post, add the comment ‘Crazy’, and then click a ‘Join here’ link.
The post comes from a Facebook Page called ‘JB Hi-Fi – Australia’ and includes the JB Hi-Fi logo and a photograph depicting a JB Hi-Fi storefront.
However, the post and Facebook Page are fraudulent and are in no way associated with JB Hi-Fi. The promised prize does not exist and there will be no winners. The post is a typical Facebook scam designed to trick you into supplying your personal information on suspect websites.
The genuine JB Hi-Fi Facebook Page is warning people about the scam, noting in part
Yes, we are well aware if the current fake page doing the rounds. Yes it is fake, and has zero affiliation with the JB Hi-Fi name, so we advise not liking, sharing, commenting etc…etc..
Note that the real JB Hi-Fi Facebook Page,which features Facebook’s blue verified icon beside its name, is called ‘JB Hi-Fi’, not ‘JB Hi-Fi – Australia’.
If you do click the ‘join here’ link, you will be taken to a website that asks you to supply your mobile phone number, name and address details, and other personal information, ostensibly so that you can claim your ‘crazy ten minutes’ prize entry and go in the draw for further prizes. By entering your mobile phone number, you may be inadvertently subscribing to a very expensive SMS service that will charge you several dollars for every text they send you. Or, your information may be shared with third-party marketing firms who will subsequently bombard you with unwanted phone calls, emails, text messages, and surface letters that attempt to sell you all manner of products and services that you most likely neither want nor need.
Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake JB Hi-Fi Page will earn commissions each time somebody supplies information on one of the suspect survey websites.
Last updated: June 15, 2016
First published: June 15, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen