THE Consumer Council of Fiji has warned mobile phone users to be aware of scam text messages providing unknown overseas phone numbers with 881 as the area code.
Council's chief executive officer Premila Kumar said in a statement the council received a complaint where a mobile user received five text messages from an overseas number informing the consumer to call free on 00881842011218 for a last chance to get a cheque of $15,000.
"Mobile users are warned that if they call the number, they are charged at a very high rate," she said. "It is a new way to make money by the scammers which runs into thousands of dollars."
Mrs Kumar said consumers must think why they would get a cheque of $15,000 from an unknown number.
"During periods of economic hardship, there are always people around who try to take advantage of the vulnerable people to swindle money off them.
"The council wishes to advise consumers that they must not give their bank account details, personal identification numbers (PIN) and passport numbers to any person or any other personal financial information via these scam messages."
Mrs Kumar said consumers should not at any time provide their private phone or fax numbers, as these could be used for further correspondences from the scammers or used to defraud others.