Cash App, USPS, Overheadusa[.]com, and iPhone 14 on Amazon – Top Scams & Phishing Attempts of the Week
We’ve found a large number of phishing scams disguising themselves as satisfaction surveys this week, including ones relating to Cash App, USPS, Overheadusa[.]com, and iPhone 14 on Amazon. Would you have been able to spot all the scams?
Impersonating trusted brands, scammers falsely claim that there are security issues with your account and prompt you to take action. Or, they use satisfaction surveys or anniversary raffle campaigns as an excuse to trick you. Either way, they send text messages or emails with phishing links and try to prompt you into completing various tasks, for example, verifying your account or filling out an online form. Below are some examples:
Cash App Gift Card Scam
We’ve reported on Cash App scams last year, and to nobody’s surprise, lots of text message alerts impersonating Cash App have started to circulate again:
- Joe just DEP0SlTED 1000.00 in your C A S H App-WaIIet. Please take ACTI0N here; <URL>
The attached link will take you to a fake Cash App page. In this case, it leads you through a series of fake online survey pages that feature a $1000 Cash App gift card:
Think $1000 is irresistible? Wait! You could end up exposing your personal details. Scammers promise you a gift card to try to lure you into filling out the survey. If you do so, they can record all the credentials you submit, 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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USPS Shipping Scam
USPS is also a commonly impersonated company that we’ve written about tons of times before. This time, scammers trick you into thinking that you need to update the delivery information of a non-existent package:
- [POST] Please resolve the issue with your recent order to prevent return to sender address: <URL>
The link will take you to a fake USPS page that’s designed to collect all the information you enter.
Below is what you see when the scam eventually unfolds — it starts to ask for your credit card details! Don’t fall for it.
Sometimes, scammers will also lure you with a gift directly. A free iPhone 14, for example!
“Win iPhone 14” Amazon Scam
“WIN IPHONE 14!” This email title sounds so phishy…
If you were to click on the link, it will lead you to a fake Amazon order page. And again, scammers can gain access to your payment information. Watch out!
Besides phishing texts and emails, this week we also found a popular fake online shopping site:
Overheadusa[.]com Shopping Scam
Recently many people have come across the online shop called overheadusa[.]com and wondered if it is safe to shop on. Here’s the answer: NO! Don’t spend a cent on this scam shopping site!
There are several reasons why this site is a clear scam. To begin with, its trust score on ScamAdviser is only 1 out of 100, which is not surprising when we consider the following facts:
- The website is very young (registered on January 6th, 2023).
- The website features lots of too-good-to-be-true deals and discounts.
- There is no contact phone number — just an email address:
- There are no reviews.
- There is no social media presence.
Tips to Stay Safe Online
- Always shop on legitimate shopping websites.
- 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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