You’ve won, a scam

Consumer Council of Fiji CEO Seema Shandil. Picture: File

FIJIANS are urged to stay alert about a scam that is circulating on popular messaging platforms, Viber, and WhatsApp.

Consumer Council of Fiji (CCoF) CEO Seema Shandil said scammers were targeting individuals by calling or sending messages, congratulating them on winning a lottery and enticing them to claim a substantial prize amount.

“People have come forward with reports about receiving calls from overseas numbers, either on Viber or WhatsApp,” she said.

“They are informed that they have won a lottery which they never participated in. If the consumers start asking questions, or try and call out the scam, they are subjected to verbal abuse.”

Ms Seema said the council was deeply concerned about the increasing traction of this fraudulent activity and urged consumers to exercise the utmost caution.

“These scams typically originate from overseas, making it challenging for the council to take direct action against the perpetrators.

“We strongly recommend that consumers refrain from engaging with these scammers and never share their personal information, especially sensitive details like banking information.

“Consumers who are unsure about the legitimacy of any communication or suspect fraudulent activity are encouraged to reach out to the CCoF for help and guidance on the national toll-free number 155, or through the CCoF app.”

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