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Spot the Scam: Costco, iPhone 13, Amazon, Kay Jewelers, LinkedIn, Walmart, and Dyson

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Spot the Scam: Costco, iPhone 13, Amazon, Kay Jewelers, LinkedIn, Walmart, and Dyson
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This week we’ve found a large number of Phishing scams There are many scams that you should be aware of, including those involving Costco, Walmart, Kay Jewelers and Dyson. Would you have been able spot all the scams?

Scam by Costco on the 40th anniversary

We saw many Costco anniversary scams being spread via social media a few months back. Well, they’ve gone viral again!

Scammers pretending to be Costco send fake promotional campaigns via Facebook Messenger to you and prompt you to click them.

Source: Facebook

You could have your Facebook account hacked if you click the link. Or, you could accidentally expose your personal data. You could also have your Facebook account compromised and used to spam your contacts with the same scam URL!

In fact Phishing scams are one of the scammers’ favorite weapons! They send out phishing emails, impersonating well-known brands, and they do so in a conventional way. fake text messages and emails containing phishing links to entice you into opening them with promises of “prizes”Or “discounts”.

These phishing links can lead to where?

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Fake survey sites online

These links usually lead to online survey pages You can claim a gift in this state by filling out an online questionnaire. You will be prompted to enter your credit card numbers before you can claim your gift. “gift”They can be delivered. Here are some examples.

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iPhone 13 Survey Scams

Reminder: Your $8627 gov’t grant has been APPR0VED. You must claim it before 2/11 Reply Stop to Opt Out

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In other instances, the links take you to Fake log-in pages that seem to belong to various brands. These pages require you to submit log-in credentials to check a package’s delivery status, change account settings, or whatever other tasks the scammers have asked you to complete.

Their ultimate goal, however, is to steal your identity. personal information — they’ll record everything you enter on these fake pages and use it to commit cybercrimes: e.g., hack into your bank account or steal your identity. Don’t let them!

Amazon Survey Scam

Amazon survey/gift card scams are another reoccurring scam variant we’ve reported on before:

We are so happy you have chosen us as your provider and given the chance for growth. Here’s a little something from us

As with other scams, the link takes you to an online survey page where you could end up exposing your Personal information. Pay attention!

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Trend Micro Check_Safari

Trend Micro Check is a one-stop shop browser extension for detecting scams, phishing attacks, malware, and dangerous links – and it’s FREE!

After you’ve pinned Trend Micro Check, it will block dangerous sites automatically! It’s available on Safari, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

Check out this page for more information on Trend Micro Check.

Walmart Dyson Survey Scam

Last week, we wrote about a Walmart scam featuring Dyson V11 vacuum cleaner. It is still available via email:

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This link will take you to an unauthenticated online survey page, which tries to get your credit card and delivery address details.

Walgreens Survey Scam

Scammers are also posing as Walgreens, claiming that you can get an iPad Pro for free after you complete an online survey.

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As you can see, the link will take you to a fake survey page that could expose your personal details such as credit card numbers. Be careful!

Fake log-in pages

In other instances, the links take you to Fake log-in pages such as the ones below.

Scammers may use fake support emails to convince you to click on embedded links. Phishing links:

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Their ultimate goal, however, is to steal your identity. personal information — they’ll record everything you enter on these fake pages and use it to commit cybercrimes: e.g., hack into your bank account or steal your identity. Don’t let them!

Valentine’s Day Scams

Scammers have also been sending phishing messages featuring Valentine’s Day promotional campaigns:

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sprlnt-valentines msg* phone is the wlnner of an iph0ne 13. grab by the end of 2/14. {URL} stop to end

The attached link, again, will take you to an online survey page. Don’t fall for it!

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Other than phishing scams, we’ve also detected many fake online shopping sites:

Kay Jewelers

[k-a-y valentines day sale] 50% off! extra $12 off for $99 & free shipping over $69! buy it now hxxps://www[.]ypestie[.]shop/?13 | text stop to opt out
[valentine’s day sale] k ay-gifts she’ll love! up to 80% off! extra $10/$15 off for $89/$150! buy now hxxps://www[.]mskrvh[.]com/?17 text stop to opt out

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Costa Sunglasses

[gifts for him or her] co stas valentine’s day – 70% off! extra 15% on over $150! get now hxxps://www[.]pzydig[.]shop/?dt25 text stop to opt out

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LinkedIn Email Scam

Sometimes it is surprising where the scam links in fake emails lead to. For example, we reported on fake LinkedIn email notifications a while ago:

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It turns out that the fake links lead to scam/explicit dating websites where you could eventually lose your Personal information as well as money. Don’t fall for it!

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How to Protect Yourself

  • Double-check the sender’s mobile number/email address.
  • Free gifts and prizes are always a red flag.
  • Always go to the official website/application instead of using links from unknown sources.
  • Use

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    to surf the web safely (it’s free!)
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