Selfridges, Wells Fargo, Apple ID, Netflix, and Mercedes-Benz: Top Scams and Phishing Schemes of the Week

    Selfridges, Wells Fargo, Apple ID, Netflix, and Mercedes-Benz: Top Scams and Phishing Schemes of the Week

    This week we’ve found a large number of scams that you need to watch out for, including ones relating to Selfridges, Wells Fargo, Apple ID, Netflix, and Mercedes-Benz. Would you have been able to spot all the scams?

    Fake Selfridges “Partnership” Email Scam

    Posing as Selfridges, a high-end department store in the UK, scammers send you emails and ask if you are interested in a “long-term partnership” with them:

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    Scammers instruct you to reply to the email for further details. Don’t do that! If you take a close look at the sender’s email address, you will realize that it is NOT legitimate (a genuine one will always end in

    Fake Selfridges email addresses:


    Besides scam emails, scammers also use phishing links to trick you. 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. Here are some examples:

    Wells Fargo Phishing Texts

    This is not the first time we’ve written about Wells Fargo text message scams. Falsely claiming that there are security issues with your account, scammers prompt you to take action to secure it:

    • WeIIs_farg0_AIIerts: Did you just try to sign-in_ from a new location, Seattle, Washington. If not you, See {URL} for more information.
    • (Msg from WeIIs Fargo) Due to unusual activity, we have temporarily blocked your debit card. To gain access, go to. {URL}

    The attached link will take you to a fake Wells Fargo log-in page. Don’t submit any credentials here — scammers can record them and use them for identity theft or to gain control of your bank account. Be careful!

    Spot the Scam_Wells Fargo_20220617

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    Apple ID Phishing Texts

    Impersonating Apple, scammers send you fake Apple ID security alerts via text messages and urge you to click on the attached link to verify your identity:

    • apple-id: has noticed a billing error, all features will be disabled until we receive a response. please visit {URL}.
    • apple id: for your protection, your login has been automatically paused. please verify your identity today or your account will be disabled. {URL}

    Again, the link leads to a fake Apple ID log-in page. You already know what can happen — you could end up exposing your credentials. Don’t fall for it!

    Spot the Scam_Apple ID_20220617

    Phishing links also often take you 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.

    Netflix Reward Email Scam

    We’ve reported on Netflix phishing emails several times before, and this week there’s a new wave of them going around. Promising you an exclusive reward, scammers lure you into clicking on the embedded button to take an online survey:

    Spot the Scam_Netflix_Email_20220617

    Below are some sample fake links featured in these Netflix scam emails:

    • shopingmaster[.]com/id/nfr
    • shopperlobby[.]com/id/nfr

    Of course, there is NO gift — the scammers’ ultimate goal is to steal your personal information! They’ll record everything you enter on these fake pages and use it to commit cybercrimes: e.g., hack into your bank account, withdraw money, or steal your identity. Don’t let them!

    Sometimes scammers ask you to provide personal information via other ways, such as email or online forms:

    Mercedes-Benz Lottery Scam

    “You have 24 hours to claim this Prize!” says an email that claims you’ve won a free brand new Mercedes-Benz. Sounds too good to be true? Yes, it is!

    Spot the Scam_Benz Lottery_20220617

    If you take the bait, you’ll have to reply to the email with a lot of detailed personal information, including phone numbers, home address, and a copy of a personal ID. With it, scammers can commit other cybercrimes under your name. Don’t get scammed!

    How to Protect Yourself

    • Double-check the sender’s mobile number/email address.
    • Free gifts and prizes are always a major red flag.
    • Go to the official website/application instead of using links from unknown sources.
    • Never click on links or attachments from unknown sources. Use Trend Micro Check to surf the web safely (it’s free!).
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