Competition winners become victims of Facebook scams


Entrants in Facebook competitions are warned that they could be targeted by scammers with the aim of stealing personal and financial information.

WA ScamNet at Consumer Protection reports that competitions being run by legitimate WA businesses on their Facebook pages are being hijacked by scammers who create a bogus page using a similar or only slightly modified name of the real business.

Competition entrants are promised the possibility of winning a prize if they share, like or comment on the competition post and that’s when the scammers strike.

Entrants then receive a message from the fake profile saying they have won but they need to register their details by clicking on a link. The link goes to a fake website confirming the win but the ‘winners’ must provide their personal and financial details first to get the prize.

Competitions targeted in recent months are mostly run by tourism and hospitality businesses and include…

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