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Harvey Norman spoofed in latest scam text

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This scam text appears to be from Harvey Norman. (Source: Getty, Scamwatch)
This scam text appears to be from Harvey Norman. (Source: Getty, Scamwatch)

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 NAB, CBA, Australia Post, Telstra, Vodafone and more that have been recently spoofed by cyber criminals who seek to trick victims out of their personal details and their money.

Australians last year lost $851 million to scammers, with the real figure estimated to be higher than that.

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.

Meanwhile, the popularity of cryptocurrency has also caused a boom in crypto-related scams, with one even pretending to promote a fake SpaceX coin purported to be created by Elon Musk.

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.

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