Amazon, PayPal, iCloud, USPS, FedEx, Costco, T-Mobile, Citibank, & MORE — Top Phishing Scams of the Week

    Amazon, PayPal, iCloud, USPS, FedEx, Costco, T-Mobile, Citibank, & MORE — 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 Amazon, PayPal, iCloud, USPS, FedEx, UPS, Walmart, Home Depot, Costco, T-Mobile, Citibank, and Ray-Ban. Would you have been able to spot all the scams?

    Phishing Scams

    This week we found several phishing scams. Conventionally, while impersonating famous brands, scammers send out fake text messages and emails containing phishing links and try to entice you into opening them with various lies. Below are some examples featuring different excuses (lies):

    Security Alerts

    Falsely claiming that there are safety issues with your online account, scammers prompt you to take action to “recover” or “verify” your account via the attached links that lead to fake login pages of the impersonated 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. Scammers can record any log-in information you submit so they can use it to gain control of your account and commit other cybercrimes like identity theft.

    #1 – Amazon

    • We’ve detected unusual activity on your Amazon‌.‌com account, and your account is locked for security reasons. Visit link below to recovery your account: <URL> Regards, Ama‌z‌on Ser‌v‌ice
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    Fake Amazon login page

    #2 – Paypal

    • (paypal service : your account has been suspended, for more information visit>  {URL} ~) id
    Spot the Scam_PayPal_Fake Login_20220729
    Fake PayPal login page

    Sample fake PayPal login pages:

    • pypl-page[.]co
    • authsecure[.]paypal[.]com[.]bitsaleshop[.]com

    #3 – iCloud

    • your request to unlock your iphone 13 is currently being processed. if this was not you, cancel: {URL} apple support
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    Fake iCloud login page

    #4 – Citibank (email)

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    Fake Citibank email

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    Gift Card

    “Take the survey and get a $100 gift card!” Gift card scams are also common, circulating via text message and email all the time. Impersonating famous brands, scammers spread fake giveaway and lottery campaigns, luring you into clicking on phishing links and trying to trick you into revealing your sensitive data.

    The attached links often take you to fake 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. Below are some examples:

    #1 – Home Depot

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    #2 – Costco

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    #3 – T-Mobile

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    Of course, there will be NO gift card. Don’t get scammed!

    Delivery Notifications

    We’ve reported on delivery scams several times before. Posing as delivery companies, scammers send you fake delivery notifications and claim that you’ve missed your delivery and that you have to click on the attached link to update delivery information.

    Again, the links are phishing links, taking you to fake login pages or online survey pages that are designed to collect all your credentials.

    #1 – USPS

    • [us post]- your delivery address is not detailed and the package cannot be delivered, please update the address information at: {URL}
    • U.S.P.S – The package address is incorrect, please change or submit the correct address online. {URL}
    Spot the Scam_USPS_Fake Login_20220729
    Fake USPS page

    Sample fake USPS URLs

    • ups-tyiuijki[.]us
    • uspunusualup[.]com

    #2 – Walmart

    • CID#: 5056701573  Confirmed Delivery, Tomorrow By 4:00pm  https::<URL>    Tracking ID # 2354828
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    Fake Walmart survey pages
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    Fake Walmart survey pages

    #3 – FedEx (email)

    “You have (1) package waiting for delivery.”

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    #4 – UPS (email)

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    Online Shopping Sales Promotions — Ray-Ban

    Besides phishing links, scammers also spread links to malicious online shops — as we’ve reported several times. Please beware of fake emails that promote scam Ray-Ban sites:

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    The attached link will lead you to a fake Ray-Ban online shop. Be careful!

    Spot the Scam_Ray-Ban_Fake Online Shop_20220729
    Fake Ray-Ban website

    Sample URLs of fake Ray-Ban online shops:

    • 90off-sunglasses[.]com
    • 90off-rb[.]com

    Note: ALWAYS pay close attention to the URLs of websites!

    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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