This week we’ve found a host of scams to watch out for, including Netflix, Walmart, Best Buy, iPhone 14, USPS, Samsung, and DHL. Would you have been able to spot all the scams?
Impersonating famous brands, scammers send fake text messages containing phishing links and try to seduce you into opening them with various lies. Here are some examples.
When sending you notifications about problems with your subscription to online services or confirmation of charges, scammers ask you to click on the attached link to check the status of your account or verify your information:
- (Netflix) Hello member! This is a message to inform you that your payment failed. To keep watching your favorite TV shows, follow this:
The phishing link will take you to a fake Netflix page. In this case, it’s a page displaying random promotional codes. It will end up asking you for detailed payment information and your Netflix account login credentials.
Scammers will record everything you enter on the fake login page and use it to commit cyber crimes and steal your identity. Don’t let them!
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Walmart is one of the most commonly impersonated companies in phishing scams. This week we detected one of these phishing scams circulating through text messages:
- ? $203.34 collected by Walmart. Check your dashboard for more information:
Phishing links often lead to online survey pages that indicate you can claim a gift by completing an online questionnaire.
After completing the questionnaire, you will be required to enter your credit card details before your “gift” can be delivered. Of course, there is no giveaway and your personal information could be stolen. Be careful!
Sweepstakes Survey Scam
Speaking of fake survey sites, scammers also love to spread them via emails with irresistible rewards, like the upcoming iPhone 14:
#1 – Best Buy (with iPhone 14 Pro Max)
We have seen many fake Best Buy giveaway emails featuring the iPhone 14 as a giveaway.
Scammers promise you that you can earn it simply by taking an online survey. If you take the bait, again, you could end up exposing your credentials on the fake pages. Beware!
#2 – USPS (with Samsung Galaxy S21)
In addition to the iPhone 14, the Samsung S21 is also a popular “free gift” in survey scams. Posing as the USPS, the scammers trick you into joining their giveaway campaign via the embedded button that leads to a fake survey page.
Delivery notification scams
Another favorite tactic of scammers is fake delivery notifications. They falsely claim that a package has been missed or that you have to pay a shipping fee before you can receive it. The notifications always contain a phishing link that the scammers want you to click on.
#1 – DHL
“Your package is arriving!” “Get your package suspended!”
How to stay safe from scams
- Pay close attention to URLs: are they legitimate?
- Please double check the sender’s mobile number/email address.
- Giveaways and prizes are always a major red flag.
- Please go to the official website/app instead of using links from unknown sources.
- Never click on links or attachments from unknown sources. Use Trend Micro Check to browse the Internet safely (it’s free!).
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