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
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!