We’ve found a large number of phishing scams this week, including ones relating to Amazon, Dyson, and Singtel. Would you have been able to spot all these scams?
What Is Phishing?
Impersonating trusted brands, and under a variety of pretenses, scammers will send you phishing links via text message or email — always with the goal of accessing your personally identifiable information (PII) (i.e. full name, home address, email address, Social Security number, credit card number, and more).
They will prompt you to click on the phishing links to complete various tasks or to take action (e.g. verify an account, update billing information, or check a delivery’s status).
The phishing links lead to scam sites, which are designed to trick you into parting with your personal information. Scammers will then use your information to commit identity theft or other crimes.
If you receive a security notification text from Amazon, please think twice before you take any action! We’ve written about fake Amazon security alerts (Amazon Scams) many times before, and once again, they’re back.
This time, scammers are falsely claiming that you need to recover your account via the attached link:
We temporarily suspended your Amazon account. To restore follow instruction below. <URL> Please complete recovery within 2 days otherwise Amazon account permanently suspended. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Thank you for your attention.
The attached phishing link will lead to a fake Amazon login page:
Scammers can collect any login credentials you submit and use them for their own good. Not only could you lose control of your Amazon account, but scammers could access your credit card information, including the 3-digit code on the back. Don’t fall for the scam!
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Besides fake login pages, we’ve also observed scams that try to get you to fill out fake online questionnaires/surveys. For instance, we recently detected this fake Dyson loyalty program email:
Scammers claim to guarantee you a free Dyson V15 vacuum cleaner as a gift if you complete the questionnaire. Of course, once you click on the “CLAIM NOW!” button, you will be directed to a phishing page and you could eventually end up exposing your personal information. Be careful!
Fake delivery notifications are also a reoccurring scam that cybercriminals love to use. See below for some examples.
Scammers will send you a fake delivery alert containing a phishing link:
Your package has been returned to the warehouse: <URL>
The link leads to a fake Singtel online survey page where, again, you could have your personal information leaked:
We also detected a delivery scam that’s been making the rounds via email:
In this case, the embedded button leads to a fake email login page. Watch out!
Tips to Stay Safe from Scams
- Double-check the sender’s mobile number/email address.
- Only use official websites/applications. Never click on dubious links!
- Change your password as soon as possible if you’ve already clicked on a suspicious link. Consider using our free online Password Generator to create strong, tough-to-hack passwords.
- Finally, add an extra layer of protection to your devices with Trend Micro Maximum Security. Its Web Threat Protection, Ransomware Protection, Anti-phishing, and Anti-spam Protection will help you combat scams and cyberattacks. Click the button below to give it a try.
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