Australia’s leading scam information agency has issued a warning about an SMS text-based phishing scam that appears to be from Harvey Norman.
The text advises the recipient that they are the winner of a giveaway, and prompts them to click a link.
“Scamwatch has received reports of a scam text message impersonating Harvey Norman, which ask[s] you to click on a link to claim a prize,” Scamwatch stated in a tweet.
“Delete the message and do not click on the link.”
Harvey Norman is one among several major Australian brands and retailers such as , , , and more that have been recently spoofed by cyber criminals who seek to trick victims out of their personal details and their money.
Tax time has also been a historically popular time for scammers who pretend to be from the ATO, as people are anxious to receive tax refunds or avoid trouble with the taxman.
How to spot a scam text
There are usually a few red flags that a text or email is fraudulent.
For instance, they may not address you by name, and will have a generic greeting.
There may also be errors with spelling, punctuation, and the general design or layout of the email.
There is usually a sense of urgency to the message, such as asking the recipient to respond within a certain time frame.
And if you’re being threatened with a penalty or even jail time, or if the offer is too good to be true – it’s likely a fake.
Trusted institutions will also rarely, if ever, ask users to input their banking details through a link in an email or text.
Yahoo Finance has reached out to Harvey Norman for comment.