Citibank Text, Wells Fargo, Chase, MetaMask, T-Mobile, Binance, and Costco — Top Phishing Scams of the Week
This week we’ve found a large number of scams that you need to watch out for, including ones relating to Citibank, Wells Fargo, Citizens Bank, Chase, MetaMask, T-Mobile, Binance, and Costco. Would you have been able to spot all the scams?
Phishing scams are one of the most commonly used tactics by scammers. Conventionally, while impersonating famous brands, they send out fake text messages and emails containing phishing links and try to entice you into opening them with various lies.
In such phishing schemes, the links will take you to fake log-in pages that appear to belong to various brands. These pages require you to submit log-in credentials to download a software update, change account settings, or whatever other tasks the scammers have asked you to complete.
Recently we’ve detected a lot of fake “security alerts” from well-known banks, including Citibank, Citizens Bank, Wells Fargo, and Chase.
Falsely claiming that there are safety issues with people’s bank accounts, scammers prompt potential victims into clicking on malicious links that lead to fake login pages of the impersonated banks.
Citibank Text Scam
- [Notice]: Your CITI debit has been clocked due to unusual activities.Confirm your details at <URL>
- Citibank: We detected unusual activity in your account. please follow this link <URL> to verify your identity.
- Citizens Bank: We have temporarily locked your Citizens Card due to unauthorized transactions. To unlock, verify now – <URL>
- Important Notice From WELLS FARGO! We detected a login from a new device! If this was you, Kindly disregard this sms.If not click <URL> to secure now!.B
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Since more and more people have become interested in cryptocurrencies and NFTs, scams relating to these two topics have been everywhere. We’ve seen way too many MetaMask scams, and this week they’ve been circulating via text message and email:
MetaMask Scam Emails
MetaMask Scam Text Messages
- your wallet is missing some info that we need to comply with financial regulations. as a result, all transactions on your wallet are now restricted. follow the link: <URL> to verify it. – reply stop to opt-out
The links in these scam messages will take you to a fake MetaMask website:
If you submit credentials like your recovery phrase onto the fake site, scammers can hack into your MetaMask wallet and steal all your crypto. What’s worse, since cryptocurrencies are decentralized, it would be nearly impossible to get them back! Watch out!
Binance Phishing Text Scams
In February we reported on Binance text scams, and recently we’ve detected a new wave of them:
- [binance]withdrawal code: 789367. if this was not you, please cancel here: <URL>
Falsely claiming that there has been a withdrawal attempt on your account, scammers trick you into clicking on the phishing link that leads to a fake Binance log-in page. Scammers can record all the data you submit here — be careful!
Besides fake login pages, the links, in other instances, will lead to online survey pages that state you can claim a gift by filling out an online questionnaire. After you complete the questionnaire, you are prompted to enter credit card details before your “gift” can be delivered. Here are a few examples:
We’ve reported on scams targeting T-Mobile customers several times before, but now some new versions have appeared, circulating via text message and email. Did you receive any?
T-Mobile Scam Text Messages
By promising you a free gift, scammers try to lure you into clicking on the embedded link in the text:
- Your New DeIivery-TIme; 5:00PM on 4/18; <URL> Stop to end
The link will take you to a fake online survey page where you could end up exposing your personal information — everything you submit there will end up in the scammers’ hands, and they can use it to commit identity theft.
T-Mobile Scam Email
“This is your chance to receive a reward!” Scammers use various excuses to try to lure you into clicking on the phishing link embedded in the scam email, trying to get you on their fake T-Mobile survey page. Again, you could end up exposing all your sensitive credentials:
Here are some other examples of the subjects of these T-Mobile scams.
Costco Survey Scam
Costco is one of the most impersonated brands. We’ve written about several Costco survey scams before, and this week they’ve gone viral again:
- Costco wanted to invite you to our April|April.|April,} 2022 Poll. Everyone that completes this by April. 18 2022 will claim a complimentary reward. <URL>
If you fall for one of these survey scams, in the end, you will have to provide your credit card number, its expiration date, and even the CVC code to get your (non-existent) gift delivered. Don’t get scammed!
How to Protect Yourself
- Double-check the sender’s mobile number/email address.
- Be suspicious of free gifts and prizes.
- Always go to the official website/application instead of using links from unknown sources.
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