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JB Hi-Fi Facebook Survey Scam

Outline
Messages being posted on Facebook claim that users can get free JB Hi-Fi vouchers just by clicking a link.



Brief Analysis
The messages are scams designed to trick users into spamming their Facebook friends and participating in bogus surveys. The messages are not part of a genuine JB Hi-Fi promotion. Participants will never receive the promised voucher. If you receive one of these messages, do not click any links it may contain.

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Last updated: 9th December 2011
First published: 9th December 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Happy Christmas! Receive A Free $250 Jb Hi Fi Voucher!
[Link removed]
We are feeling quite generous due to the holiday season,so we have decided to give away 2000 vouchers to our loyal fans!

JB HiFi Survey Scam




Detailed Analysis
Facebook is currently being inundated with messages that supposedly offer free Christmas vouchers from popular music and entertainment retailer, JB Hi-Fi. The value of the supposed vouchers varies between different incarnations of the message. Some offer vouchers worth $250. Some state the value as $200 or various other amounts.

However, the messages are not an official JB Hi-Fi promotion. People who participate will never receive the promised vouchers. In fact, the vouchers are just the bait used to entice users into spamming their Facebook friends and submitting their personal information via bogus "surveys" or "offers".

Those who take the bait and click the link will be taken to an initial page that instructs them to first "Share" the page and then post a "Thank-you" comment:

JB Hi-Fi Survey Scam share page

These "steps" effectively turn victims into spammers. By following the outlined steps, victims are promoting the very same fraudulent "free vouchers" offers to their Facebook friends.

Next, victims will be told that, before receiving their free vouchers, they must participate in one or more "surveys" or offers to verify that they are human:

JB Hi-Fi Survey verify page

But, alas, completing the survey is still not enough to claim the promised vouchers. Some of the "survey" pages ask users to provide personal information including name, address and contact details, ostensibly to allow them to go in the draw for a prize. Others invite them to download dubious toolbars, games or software. Still others will claim that users must provide their mobile phone number - thereby subscribing to absurdly expensive text messaging services - in order to get the results of a survey or go in the running for a prize:

JB Hi-Fi Survey verify page

Typically, victims will be lead to more and more survey pages, all of which ask them to provide personal information or download software. But, regardless of how many offers or surveys they complete, or what services they subscribe to, victims will never receive any JB Hi-Fi vouchers.

And, the unscrupulous individuals who create these bogus promotions will earn commissions via suspect affiliate marketing schemes each and every time a victim completes an offer or participates in a survey. Victims may also be faced with large phone bills for unwanted mobile phone services and, because they have provided name and contact details, they may be inundated with unwanted promotional emails, phone calls and junk mail.

There are a great many versions of such survey scams that regularly come and go on Facebook. Facebook users should be very cautious of any messages that offer Facebook credits, Facebook enhancements such as a Dislike button or "see who viewed your profile' apps, food or service vouchers, or devices such as iPhones. Other variants may promise users titillating footage of celebrities, breaking news stories, or videos of gross, unusual or "secret" events. If you receive such a message, do not click on any links that it contains. Don't be fooled into spamming your friends by "Liking", "Sharing" or reposting the scammer's promotional material or by installing rogue applications that may send out such material in your name.

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Last updated: 9th December 2011
First published: 9th December 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer