Do you use Venmo? Is Venmo safe? Did you receive emails from Venmo that instruct you to send packages? Watch out for the latest Venmo phishing scam!
Venmo Phishing Text Messages
Posing as Venmo, scammers send you text messages with phishing links, falsely claiming that you can get an award via the link. Don’t fall for it! The link is a phishing link, leading you to an online survey page where eventually you will be asked to enter banking details. These credentials you submit will end up in scammers’ hands, and they can use them for identity thefts.
Because of your continued use of Venmo, you have been selected to take a $100 paid survey speakerk xmeasured[.]com/
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Venmo Phishing Emails
In other instances, scammers may send an email that say your Venmo account just received an amount of money.
venmo Dear We hereby inform you that the sum of $900.00 USD has been paid to your Venmo account by (@Anthony) using PayPal method. In our efforts to protect all merchant transactions, We have now received payments for your item from our secure server. This is to ensure that the seller and buyer do their responsibility in every transaction we handle,this Venmo User Protection Policy methods have been taken due to fraudulent sellers. You are now required to ship out the (Package) via next day delivery and forward the shipment reference number and receipt to us for verification. Your account will be credited immediately after the shipment number has been confirmed. If you have any issues, please email us at email@example.com or § uDDortvenmo@email.cz and our customer service will attend to you. Help us to serve you better. Thank you for using Venmo! The Venmo Team
Then they instruct you to send out a package immediately to get the payment. Sounds confusing, right?
That’s the goal. Scammers then say that you can contact customer service via the email addresses they provide. But, if you take a closer look, you will realize that these email addresses are not legitimate. Genuine Venmo support contact should be firstname.lastname@example.org, according to Venmo official website.
How to protect yourself?
- Double-check the sender’s mobile number/email address.
- If you think there are issues over your Venmo account, please reach out to the legitimate Venmo customer service for help.
- Messages instructing you to get paid via links are suspicious. NEVER click links or attachments from unknown sources. Use Trend Micro Check to detect scams with ease!
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