There are many fake competition scams out there, so don’t be fooled by SMS promotions saying that you are the lucky winner of a luxury holiday to the Maldives or e-mails stating that you have won the Lotto. You could be the winner to these magnificent prizes if you have entered one or other competition giving away these types of prizes. If you have not entered a competition, then you have to ask the question: “Is this competition REAL?” If have not entered a competition the chances are very high that you have just received a Fake Competition message.
Recently we warned you about a Fake Competition Scam (which involved an e-mail claiming that “lucky” Junk Mail users had won an Audi A3). A new variation of this scam popped up in the last week. Junk Mail would like to clear the air and tell all of our fans that we are NOT running any competitions at the moment and we are NOT giving away a Jeep Cherokee. This is a scam and we are working with the police to apprehend these Fraudsters.
This Fake Jeep Cherokee competition scam is a blatant attempt to scam Junk Mail users out of their hard-earned cash. In the new variation of this scam, the person responding to Junk Mail user’s adverts is claiming that they’ve won a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The e-mail address being used is firstname.lastname@example.org. The response is written in broken English. Many of the words are spelled wrong on the e-mail. Check out a screenshot of the e-mail doing its rounds below:
To refresh your memory, please note the following when it comes to competitions at Junk Mail:
- All Junk Mail competitions are announced on the Junk Mail Blog in our competitions section
- Notification of all Junk Mail competitions are sent out via the Junk Mail Weekly Newsletter (from the email@example.com e-mail address)
- Notifications of all Junk Mail competitions and winners will be posted on The Junk Mail Classifieds, Junk Mail Pretoria, Junk Mail Johannesburg, Junk Mail Cape Town or Junk Mail Kwazulu Natal Facebook pages
- Entrants are not required to pay money to enter any Junk Mail competitions
- Competition Winners are not notified via a response e-mail on their adverts
- Competition Winners are not notified via SMS
Remember: If something sounds to good to be true, its most probably a scam. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you suspect that something is not legit. Determine if someone is trying to scam you or to get your personal details (by following the guidelines above).
If you receive an e-mail from someone claiming to be a representative from Junk Mail. Check the above guidelines and confirm whether the competition is legit. Forward the e-mail that you’ve received and report them to our Customer Care Department. If you receive a suspicious phone call, e-mail or SMS from someone claiming to be a representative of Junk Mail you are also welcome to report it to us telephonically on 012-3423840×2295 (during office hours).
Feel free to check out the Safety & Security page on the Junk Mail blog for more information about the various scams that are doing there rounds out and make sure you don’t become a victim to a false competition scam.
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