Shell, Amazon, Citizens Bank, Venmo, Netflix, USPS — Top Text & Email Phishing Scams of the Week

Shell, Amazon, Citizens Bank, Venmo, Netflix, USPS — Top Text & Email Phishing Scams of the WeekiStock

This week we’ve found a large number of scams that you need to watch out for, including ones relating to Shell, Amazon, Citizens bank, Venmo, Netflix, USPS, and MORE. Would you have been able to spot all the scams?

Phishing is 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 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 some examples:

Shell Gift Card Scam

We reported on Shell gift card scams earlier this month, and this week they’ve gone viral again:

  • Celebrate FATHER’s DAY with SHEII:  YOU n 5 W0N $1,000Gas cards! expire 6/18: <URL> txtSTOP2UnSub

Promising you a $1000 Shell gift card, scammers try to trick you into clicking on the phishing link that leads to a Shell online survey page:

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In the end, you are asked to provide personal details like credit card information. Scammers can record everything you submit on this page and use it to steal your money or commit other cybercrimes such as identity theft. Don’t let them!

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Amazon Gift Card Scam

Ever since Amazon announced that Amazon Prime Day will take place on July 12, we’ve spotted lots of phishing attempts related to Amazon. Promising you a free Valentine’s Day gift card, scammers try to get you to click on their phishing link:

  • Great news, Bob! You have an Amazon gift card that’s ready-to-use. Claim it here and see who it’s from. It’s a Valentine’s gift from someone special: <URL> 🎈

The link leads to an Amazon online survey page that says you can win a PlayStation 5 after you’ve taken the survey.

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Again, don’t submit any credentials here! There will be NO PS5, and you could end up exposing your personal data.

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Online survey phishing scams are also circulating via emails. This week we’ve detected over 10,000 such phishing emails featuring fake online survey campaigns:

Venmo Gift Card Phishing

This is not the first time we’ve written about Venmo gift card phishing scams. Posing as Venmo, scammers trick you into joining a bogus “Loyalty Program” for the chance to win a $750 gift card via the embedded button:

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The button, as we’ve stressed several times, will take you to a fake online survey page that will steal whatever information you enter. Don’t get scammed!

Netflix Reward Phishing

Netflix is also one of the most impersonated brands for phishing attempts. “Guaranteeing” you an exclusive reward, scammers want you to click on the button and go to a phishing page and hand over personal data. Don’t fall for it!

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Phishing links will also often lead 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:

Citizens Bank

We’ve seen a lot of fake text messages impersonating banks. Falsely claiming that there are security issues with your bank account, scammers pretend to be Citizens bank and urge you to click on the attached link to verify or secure your account:

  • ctz(bnk) : your online access has been deactivated. go to {URL} and follow the on-screen instructions to update
  • ctzns : your 6 digit zelle code is 712812 if this was not requested by you follow the link below to verify details now {URL}

The link will take you to a fake Citizens bank log-in page. Don’t submit your username or password here — scammers can thus gain control of your bank account. Be careful!

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Sample URLs of fake Citizens bank log-in pages:

  • identitysecure-citizenn[.]com
  • upl0qd-ctz[.]us

USPS Delivery Phishing Email

Fake shipping text messages and emails that appear to come from delivery companies are always popular scams. This week we detected nearly 4,000 fake USPS delivery notification emails containing phishing links:

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If you click on the button to check the details of your delivery, you will be led to this fake USPS log-in page. You already know what will happen — scammers are spying on you, and they will rob all your credentials!

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Fake USPS log-in page

Mail Server Phishing

Sometimes fake security alerts also come like this:

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Scammers lie to you, saying that you need to confirm your email address. If you do follow their instructions, you will end up on this log-in page. Remember, don’t enter your log-in credentials because scammers just want to hack into your account!

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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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