We have received reports about a scam doing its rounds. It’s not the first time that this scammer (Mr Keith Ho) claims to be an employee at Junk Mail, but this time around he’s claiming that there’s a new trade advertiser payment policy:
The response that is being sent out by him reads as follows:
Junk mail classifieds new advert change of payment alert: Junk mail publishing group pty have received your recent advert online on our website. Your Advert reference number is (0818421712). Our new system advert policy required all trade advertisers to pay R49 for 24 hours / R250 for two weeks/ R500 for a month to allow our system to distribute your advert to all mobile networks / in print in our classifieds papers in front page and to allow customers to purchase your advert immediately. Make your payment today before 24 hours for us not to deactivate your online advert in our system. Make payment by Eft/Bank Deposit/Bank Transfer/Internet banking using your advert reference number for bank payments to ABSA BANK LIMITED: Account No:4067268829 Branch Code:632005 Advert Reference No:(0818421712). Do not worry to send us your payment slip because our system will automatically detect it once you use your advert reference number for bank payment . For more enquiries regarding this department please contact our online/ mobile advert consultant on phone Mr.Keith Ho @ Reception: (060) 442 5450 (011) 310 5662 COPYRIGHT © 2013 – JUNK MAIL ® PUBLISHING
This whole response is completely false. Mr Keith Ho is not an employee at Junk Mail. He’s actually someone looking for victims to defraud out of there hard-earned cash. This response is full of spelling mistakes – even our brand name is spelled incorrectly. The e-mail address that he is using (firstname.lastname@example.org) is not a valid Junk Mail e-mail address – it doesn’t exist. The telephone numbers being used are also not Junk Mail office telephone numbers. Our contact telephone numbers are clearly set out on the Junk Mail ‘Contact Us’ page. Junk Mail has also NOT implemented a payment system for Trade Advertisers.
Junk Mail will NOT inform users about policy changes or payment systems via a response on an advert. If there are changes in this field or realm Junk Mail will notify users immediately via an official newsletter, an article on the Junk Mail Blog, the Junk Mail Classifieds Facebook page or the @junkmailcoza Twitter profile.
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