Walmart, T-Mobile, Costco, Verizon, Amazon, USPS, Netflix, and Wells Fargo: Top Phishing Scams of the Week

This week we’ve found a host of scams to watch out for, including those involving Walmart, T-Mobile, Costco, Verizon, Amazon, USPS, Netflix, and Wells Fargo. Would you have been able to spot all the scams?

Online survey phishing scams

Posing as famous brands and companies, scammers send fake text messages and emails that contain phishing links and try to lure you into opening them with various lies.

These phishing links will often lead to online survey pages that state can claim a gift by completing an online questionnaire. Fraudsters can record the data you enter on these pages and use it to commit crimes such as identity theft. Below are some common scams with examples.

Walmart Scam

We have reported on Walmart scams several times before. Making the rounds by email, these Walmart “rewards” scams are back! By promising you an exclusive offer, scammers try to lure you into clicking the embedded button:

The button will take you to a Walmart survey page where you’ll be asked to enter personal information, including your name, address, and even credit card details. These credentials will end up in the hands of fraudsters, who can use them to commit other cybercrimes and steal your identity. Don’t be scammed!

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T-Mobile Survey Scam

In April, we wrote about fake text messages from T-Mobile in which scammers falsely claim you can get a $100 reward via an embedded link. Well, these scams are back:

  • T-mobile, we REWARD loyalty! give us feedback and enjoy $100 0n Us!

If you take the bait, you’ll be taken to a fake T-Mobile online survey page that says you can win an iPhone 14:

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Eventually, the scammers will ask you to provide credit card information for iPhone delivery. Again, scammers can access any credentials entered. Watch out!

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Costco Survey Scam

Costco scams are rampant all the time, and this week we’ve seen a new version with an iPhone 14 Pro as a reward being spread via text messages:

  • We have been contacting 8646400935 for 2 days! Your iPhone 14 Pro will be returned to Costco Inc. if you do not pick it up at:

The (phishing) page says that you can win an iPhone 14 Pro Max after completing the survey:

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This site is dangerous and you could end up exposing your sensitive information, including your bank details. Don’t be scammed!

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verizon scam

We’ve reported on Verizon “text from myself” scams before. Recently, scammers have started impersonating Verizon and sending people bogus emails…again!

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As we often emphasize, the embedded button will take you to a fake Verizon survey page where you could end up exposing your sensitive data. Don’t be scammed!

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Phishing links will also often take you to fake login pages which will end up asking you for your personal information and/or login credentials. Here are some examples:

Did you get the deal you wanted during the Amazon Prime early access sale? Be careful if you received a security alert text message that (incorrectly) appears to have been sent by Amazon. Scammers try to trick you into thinking there are issues with your account security and ask you to click on a phishing link to protect your account:

  • Amazon Support: Suspicious login attempts to your account. Secure it here:

Once again, if you click on the link in the message, you will be taken to a website designed to steal your personal information: a fake Amazon login page.

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And once scammers get their hands on your personal information, they’re pretty much free to commit whatever crime they want, on your behalf!

UPS/USPS Scam

This is not the first time we have written about USPS text message scams. Be careful if you are waiting for packages because scammers pose as delivery companies like UPS and USPS and send you fake delivery notifications, tricking you into visiting the attached links to track your packages:

  • UPS: Your package cannot be delivered because the city on the package label does not match the zip code. {URL}
  • the logistics warehouse has your package and information can not be delivered without the complete information. update ASAP {URL}

These links will take you to a fake USPS tracking page that looks like the legitimate one. Be careful! Note: Take a close look at the web address. The legitimate is usps.com.

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Netflix

“Your subscription is about to expire.” Have you received a Netflix payment alert email like this? Don’t click anything; Is a gotcha!

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If you fall for the trick and click the “Update Profile” button, you will be taken to a fake Netflix website that asks for your login credentials and credit card information. Here is an example:

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fargo wells

Scammers also love to impersonate well-known banks. They tell you that you have to perform an account verification to secure your bank account through the link they send you:

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You know what happens next: a fake Wells Fargo login page will appear. The fake site and the official one look a lot alike. Be cautious!

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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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