Last Updated on June 8, 2023
We’ve found a large number of phishing scams disguising themselves as satisfaction surveys this week, including ones relating to Cashtab[.]info, Coca-Cola, Costco, and Walmart. Would you have been able to spot all the scams?
Online Survey Scams (Raffle Scams)
Who doesn’t love gifts? Well, be careful when someone you don’t know offers you one.
Impersonating famous brands, scammers falsely claim they are hosting satisfaction survey events or anniversary raffle campaigns, or that they are just giving away gifts randomly. They send text messages or emails with phishing links and promise you rewards or prizes (gift cards, cash, iPhones, iPads, and so on). Below are some examples:
Cashtab[.]info Scam (SFK Offers)
Lots of people have recently come across a website called cashtab[.]info and wondered if it’s legitimate. Here’s the answer: it’s a SCAM!
How does it work? Scammers instruct you to claim a $500 reward by completing the survey:
What happens next? The link leads to a series of fake online survey pages that collect your personal information. You could end up exposing personal details such as your phone number or even your credit card credentials. With them, scammers can steal your money and commit other crimes such as identity theft. Don’t let them!
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Coca-Cola Survey Scam (decocash[.]com scam)
Have you seen this “Coca-Cola Customer Satisfaction Survey” page recently? Some people said that they’ve received a link to decocash[.]com, which when opened, leads to a Coca-Cola survey page:
Again, scammers lure you into taking the survey by saying you can claim $200. Of course, it’s all bogus. However, there are lots of fake comments designed to make the page look more convincing:
As we’ve mentioned above, the goal of these phishing pages is to record any sensitive information you enter. You could end up exposing personal data (as shown in the sample below) which scammers could use for their own good. Don’t fall for the scam!
Costco Survey Scam
Fake Costco surveys are another reoccurring scam. Posing as Costco, scammers send you texts that feature fake raffle campaigns to try to trick you (this time they use an iPhone 14 as a hook:
- costco promo : iPhone 14 on us winner line: 9153456039 Color: Purple Storage: 256GB <URL>
If you take the bait and finish the survey, you will eventually be asked to enter personal information, including your credit card details. And of course, these credentials will end up in scammers’ hands. Watch out!
Walmart Shipping Scam
We’ve written about Walmart scams several times before. This week, scammers try to trick you into thinking that you need to confirm the status of your package delivery via an attached link:
- Item for +64211865019: Can you please confirm if this stuck deIivery belongs to you? <URL>
Again, the link will lead to a fake Walmart tracking page that enables scammers to gain access to your personal information:
Protect Yourself from Phishing Scams
- Free gifts are always a major red flag.
- Double-check the sender’s mobile number/email address. Go to the official website/application instead!
- Never click on links or attachments from unknown sources. Use Trend Micro Check to surf the web safely (it’s FREE!).
- Change your password as soon as possible if you’ve already clicked on a suspicious link. Consider using our online Password Generator (also FREE!) to create strong, tough-to-hack passwords.
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