Kmart Australia customers have been warned to be wary of a new scam targeting bargain hunters.
A fake Facebook post is currently circulating telling social media users that they can buy a Nintendo Switch for just $2.95.
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The post includes a photo with a tampered-up Kmart price tag showing that the gaming device was reduced from $379.86 to $2.95.
It further claims that the low price is due to a contract dispute between Kmart and Nintendo – which is untrue.
“Kmart has broken its contract with Nintendo and is giving away a Nintendo Switch game console to every Australian for $2.95,” reads the caption on the scam post.
A concerned shopper shared news of the scam on a popular Facebook group, saying her boyfriend lost $700 after falling for the bogus deal.
“WARNING. There is another scam page going around, there is also a Dyson page,” she wrote on the Markdown Addicts Australia group.
“Don’t fall for it. Friend did and lost about $700. They keep taking money from your bank.
“Can’t stop it unless you email them and threaten lawyers.”
Others also spoke out to reveal that they too had been fooled by the scam.
“Unfortunately, I was one of those people who thought it was real,” said one.
“I just wanted to buy one for my boys. The problem I now have with people trying to get money out of my account.”
Another wrote: “I almost did until I got to the fine print. It said I had to take $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 do everything I can to do that, forget them!”
Many Facebook users were upset when they saw that people had fallen for the fake post.
“Anything that looks too good to be true is a scam. Too bad for those people who fall prey to these monsters,” said one.
Another added: “Oh Gees not well. Too many scams.”
Many thought it looked like an “obvious” scam and that consumers shouldn’t be “so gullible”.
But several Facebook users responded to the criticism, noting that scammers often prey on the vulnerable.
“This is as irritating as these comments,” one commented.
“These scammers target people with cognitive disabilities, old age and and and. They prey on vulnerability. These victims are not gullible or naive, they are deliberately attacked by predators.”
Another added: “Remember, there are people with disabilities, lower IQ, elderly, young people who would fall for this.
“Don’t always judge people so quickly.”
The ACCC’s Scamwatch says phishing scams — like this fake Kmart post — work by fooling consumers into believing they are dealing with a real retailer.
“Phishing messages are designed to look real and often copy the format used by the organization the scammer claims to represent, including their branding and logo,” it said.
“They 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 could use an address like “www.realbank.com”.
“If you provide the scammer with your information online or over the phone, they will use it to conduct fraudulent activities such as using your credit cards and stealing your money.”
Scamwatch encourages consumers to report scams here†
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