Fake Electronics Scam Warning

The Junk Mail team has become aware of a scam that usually involves Electronic goods and is therefor referred to as the “Fake Electronics scam”.

How the scam works: A person will advertise a PS3 controller, X Box controller, memory card, cell phone, Iphone or other electronic item for sale for a price below the market value. The advertiser will claim that the item is genuine. When the potential buyers meets the advertiser to inspect the item the item might look almost exactly like the item that is advertised. Once the item is tested by the buyer when he / she gets home the item will not work or it might have lesser features than the original item.The advertiser will refrain from answering his telephone or claim that there’s nothing wrong with the item.

How to avoid this scam: Don’t be fooled by dummies or examples when buying electronic items. Look for model numbers and for features that should be prominent on an original item. If you are buying a cell phone make sure the user interface is working like it should and that all the features of the item are working like they should. Inspect the item properly. Do not part with your hard-earned cash if you are unsure of this. Remember, if it sounds or feels to good to be true, it usually isn’t true.

REMEMBER: Be Smart, Be Savvy, Be Safe!

If you have been a victim of this scam or any other scam please report it to our Customer Care department. E-mail us at ccc@junkmail.co.za or phone 012-3423840 x2295. Feedback on this post is appreciated and welcome.

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Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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