Will the USPS text you? Free Walmart gift card? Halloween sales late? Top phishing scams and schemes of the week

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This week, we’ve found a slew of scams to watch out for, including those related to USPS, Walmart, and Jared. Could you have spotted all the scams?

Phishing scams

Impersonating famous brands and companies, scammers send fake text messages and emails containing phishing links and try to trick you into opening them with various lies. These phishing links will often lead to fake login pages that will eventually ask for your personal information and/or login credentials.

USPS Scam Text Messages

From time to time we detect fake USPS text messages. By sending you fake delivery notifications or falsely claiming that there are problems with your delivery, scammers try to trick you into clicking on phishing links. Here is an example ; can you tell it from a legit one?

  • USPS: The package is stuck in the fulfillment center and we cannot deliver it accurately because your address is wrong.

The link will take you to a fake USPS tracking page that provides a tracking number (fake, of course) and asks you to update your information, including your email address, mailing address, and phone number. Do not enter anything! Scammers can log the data you enter on these pages and use it to take control of your accounts and commit crimes such as identity theft.

Question: Will USPS text you?

Yes, but that doesn’t mean that all text messages that appear to be from USPS are REAL.

According USPS, you can sign up to receive their text tracking notifications. Text messages usually include information about the sender, a tracking number, the status of the package and its location, the date and time, and instructions to stop receiving tracking messages. So the next time you get a text from the USPS, take a good look and don’t click on any links because there shouldn’t be any!

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Walmart gift card scam

Want a Free Walmart Gift Card? pretending to be walmartscammers send phishing text messages claiming to offer gift cards:

  • This is Kimberley from Walmart, I tried to call about the 250US gift card you won! Where do we send it?

The links will take you to a Walmart survey page where you might end up exposing personal information, including your name, home address, and even credit card details:

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Again, these credentials will end up in the hands of crooks and could be used for other cyber crimes. Don’t get scammed!

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Halloween shopping scams

Text messages promoting fake Halloween sales campaigns still rife even though it’s almost a week after the holidays. Here are some cases we found this week. Did you receive any of them?

#1 – Jared

  • [Jewelry’s Halloween Sale] JARED’s – Women’s Favorite Gifts! Extra $15 off $120! Show all {URL} Reply STOP to deactivation +12014840540

FALSE Jared Site

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REAL Jared website

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#2 – Bombs

  • [Bombas Socks | Halloween Event] Enjoy 70% off. Take 15% off above $150. Event Details {URL} Reply STOP to unsubscribe

FAKE Bombas Site

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REAL Bombas website

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#3 – Costa del Mar

  • [costa – halloween weekend offer] 70% off always works. save 15% with orders of $150. show all {URLs} reply stop unsubscribe

FAKE Costa Del Mar Website

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REAL Costa Del Mar site

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Stay safe from scams all the time

  • Pay special attention to URLs: are they legitimate?
  • Check the sender’s mobile number/email address again.
  • Buy only from legitimate online stores. Do your homework and read the reviews.
  • Freebies and prizes are always a major red flag.
  • 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 Verification to surf the web safely (it’s free!).
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