Kmart Australia customers have been warned to beware of a new scam targeting bargain hunters.
A fake Facebook post is circulating right now telling social media users that they can buy a Nintendo Switch for just $2.95.
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The post includes a photograph showing a doctored Kmart price tag showing the gaming device had been discounted from $379.86 to $2.95.
He further claims that the low price is due to a contractual dispute between Kmart and Nintendo – which is not true.
“Kmart has breached its contract with Nintendo and is offering a Nintendo Switch game console to every Australian for $2.95,” the caption of the scam article reads.
A concerned customer shared information about the scam on a popular Facebook group, claiming her friend lost $700 after falling for the bogus deal.
“BEWARE. Another scam page floating around, there’s a Dyson too,” she wrote on the Markdown Addicts Australia band.
” Do not fall into the trap. A friend did and lost about $700. They just keep taking from your bank.
“I can’t stop it unless you email them and threaten them with lawyers.”
Others also spoke up to reveal that they too had been duped by the scam.
“Unfortunately I was one of those people who thought it was real,” one said.
“I just wanted to get my boys one. The problem I have now with people trying to get money from my account. »
Another wrote: ‘Almost did it until I got to the fine print. There it was about taking $54.00 a month for….. well, I don’t know what.
“I stopped there and canceled. Now they keep sending me emails asking me not to forget them.
“I’m doing everything I can to do just that, forget them!”
Many Facebook users were angry that people had fallen in love with the fake post.
“Anything too good to be true is a scam. Too bad for those people who fall prey to those monsters,” one said.
Added another: “Oh Gees no good. Too many scams.”
Many thought it looked like an “obvious” scam and that consumers shouldn’t be “so gullible”.
But several Facebook users hit back at the criticism, noting that scammers often prey on vulnerable people.
“It’s just as infuriating as those comments,” one replied.
“These scammers target people with cognitive impairment, old age and and and. They take advantage of vulnerability. These victims are neither gullible nor naive, they are deliberately targeted by predators.
Added one more: “Remember that there are people with disabilities, lower IQ, old people, young people who would fall into the trap.
“Don’t always be so quick to judge people.”
The ACCC scamwatch says phishing scams — like this fake Kmart article — work by tricking consumers into thinking they’re dealing with a genuine retailer.
“Phishing messages are designed to appear authentic and often copy the format used by the organization the scammer claims to represent, including their branding and logo,” he said.
“They will take you to a fake website that looks like the real deal, but has a slightly different address. For example, if the legitimate site is ‘www.realbank.com.au’, the scammer might use an address like as “www.realbank.com”.
“If you provide the scammer with your details online or over the phone, they will use them to carry out fraudulent activities, such as using your credit cards and stealing your money.”
Scamwatch encourages consumers to report scams here.
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