Fake Christmas Shops (Louis Vuitton), PayPal, USPS Shipping, & MORE – Top Scams & 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 Louis Vuitton, Kay Jewelers, PayPal, USPS, and more. Would you have been able to spot all the scams?
Christmas Shopping Scams
Who else is also counting down the days to Christmas? As you are excited and getting ready for the holiday celebrations, scammers are out there looking to exploit you with plenty of phishing scams and fake Christmas sales. Don’t let them!
“Louis Vuitton Bags Up To 88% Off!” Sound too good to be true? It is. We’ve reported on fake Louis Vuitton promotional emails many times before, and this time they’ve taken on a new form for the upcoming Christmas sales:
The attached link will take you to a fake Louis Vuitton online shop. Below is an example:
Fake Louis Vuitton Website
Real Louis Vuitton Website
Don’t purchase anything on the fake website! Your goods will never arrive, and scammers will record your credit card details. Plus, there is obviously no way to get your money back!
A sample URL of a fake Louis Vuitton online shop:
Below is a list of the scam Louis Vuitton emails we’ve detected. Some of the senders’ names impersonate Louis Vuitton as well. Always take a close look at the sender’s email address and don’t click on links unless you are 100% sure they’re safe!
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Kay Jewelers is another brand impersonated in Christmas shopping scams. Be careful!
- [Christmas Clearance Event] K AY Now 75% Discount. Extra 10% Off For $100. Minimum $49.9. Buy Now <URL> Reply STOP to Opt Out
- [Christmas Deals – KayJewelers] Enjoy 70% OFF. Save 20% With Orders Of $150. View All <URL> Reply stop unsubscribe
Besides Christmas shopping scams, we’ve also found a lot of phishing scams this week. Impersonating famous brands and companies, scammers send out phishing links (sometimes using text messages or emails) and try to entice you into opening them with various lies.
These phishing links will often lead to fake login pages that will end up asking you for your personal information and/or login credentials.
PayPal phishing text messages are so common. Have you ever received one?
- wHrQPb Customer Your PaypaI’s account has been Iimited, because we have detected suspicious activity on your account. Recover your account immediateIy by cIick link bellow: <URL> PIease take action on your account within 48 hours to avoid permanent suspension.
Falsely claiming that there are security issues with your PayPal account, scammers prompt you to click on the attached link to secure it. You will be directed to a fake PayPal login page:
Scammers can record any sensitive data you submit on these pages, including login credentials and credit card information, and they will use them for their own good. Don’t let them!
USPS Shipping Scam
We’ve written about fake delivery notifications from UPS, USPS, FedEx, and more before. Please be on the lookout, especially when it’s the holiday season and everyone is expecting packages!
- Your package has arrived at the transit center, but we cannot deliver it due to an inaccurate delivery address on the package. <URL>
- delivery for +64212776168: Can you please confirm if this stuck deIivery belongs to you? <URL>
The link in the malicious message above will take you to a fake USPS tracking page:
In another case, the link will take you to an online survey page:
You could end up exposing personal information on these pages. Again, scammers can record the data you enter and use it to commit other cybercrimes, such as identity theft. Be careful!
Stay Away from Scams
- Pay close attention to URLs — are they legitimate?
- Double-check the sender’s mobile number/email address.
- Only make purchases on legitimate shopping sites!
- 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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