Smith Gregory, CashApp, Amazon, Tinder, LinkedIn, etc.

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This week, we found a slew of scams to watch out for, including those involving Smith Gregory, Cash App, Amazon, Louis Vuitton, Tinder, and LinkedIn. Could you have spotted all the scams?

Fake debt collection website — smithgregory.com

Did you receive a voicemail from a debt collector named “Smith Gregory”? Watch out for this spam!

Source: Reddit

The person speaking on voicemail informs you that you have outstanding debts. Many people said they had never used the services of the bank mentioned in the voicemail; “Smith Gregory” is also not specific about the details of the unpaid debts, which makes him even more suspicious.

The purpose of the voicemail is to trick you into paying the debt over the phone or setting up a monthly payment plan through the smithgregory.com website — it’s a scam! Here are some red flags:

  • The website was registered on March 30, 2022 – too young to match the website description.
  • There is no valid contact information – no business address, only a phone number and an online form.
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Phishing scams

Phishing scams are one of the most common tactics used by scammers. Typically, while impersonating famous brands, they send fake text messages and emails containing phishing links and try to trick you into opening them with various lies.

In such phishing schemes, the links often lead to online survey pages stating that you can claim a freebie by completing a questionnaire. After completing the questionnaire, you are asked to enter your credit card details before your “gift” can be delivered.

The ultimate goal of scammers is to steal your personal information. They will record everything you enter on their fake pages and use it to commit cybercrimes: for example, hacking into your bank account or stealing your identity! Here are some examples:

#1 Prepaid Gas Card Scam

Due to the recent global tension, the price of gas around the world has skyrocketed – and scammers never pass up an opportunity to cheat people. They tempt you with free prepaid gas cards and text you, urging you to click on the attached link to claim the reward:

  • gas costs are intolerable joey! get the $500 prepaid gas card to help you out. get started by answering a few questions and entering your email address. {URL}
  • REMINDER: Rannette Dean, you have a $250 gas card waiting for you right now. Tap to claim: {URL}
  • Jermaine, don’t miss this chance to win a free $250 gas card. There are only 200 available, so claim them before they’re gone! {URL]

The link will take you to an online survey page that collects any sensitive identifying information you submit.

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With them, crooks can commit a number of cyber crimes with your personal information. Don’t let them!

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#2 Amazon Gift Card Scams

We have repeatedly reported Amazon gift card scams; they always seem to circulate in different forms and with different layouts:

  • Congratulations on winning an Amazon gift card from us, John RAW! It’s more than a gift, it’s a mission to make our services even better for you! Check the amount you receive:
  • Rosanna, think about what you want to buy on Amazon now! Because here you get a $1,000 Amazon gift card as a GIFT!

The embedded link will direct you to a malicious site designed to trick you into entering your personal information.

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There’s no free TV or gift card – the scammers just want you to think there’s one so you feel comfortable giving them your personal information. Do not fall into the trap !

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Scam #3 CashApp 23

Recently, many people have wondered if the cashapp23.com website is legit. Why not think about this question first: what is the official web address of Cash App?

We have noticed that a series of fake Cash App websites are exploiting people. Domains tend to consist of “appcash” or “cashapp” plus a random number. Here are some examples we found:

  • appcash23.com
  • appcash55.com
  • cashapp23.com
  • cashapp25.com
  • cashapp45.com
  • cashapp55.com

Regardless of the website you came across, you will eventually end up on a fake Cash App website that offers a reward of $750.

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Scam web address: at the alchemist[.]com

Apart from phishing websites, there are also many fake online shopping websites that try to trick you:

#1 Fake Fuel Saving Gadget

Who doesn’t want to save more gas (and money)? When looking for solutions online, be careful and don’t spend money on unnecessary things. Recently, many people are wondering if EcoMax, a gas-saving gadget, is legit:

  • [email protected] (2117) Gas will hit $9 by summer. Try this device for free that increases your fuel consumption by 35% – {URL}
  • (8853) The cost of fuel is skyrocketing!! This brand new device plugs into any car and will give you 30% more mileage – {URL}
  • (5062) This brand new device fits all car makes/models and will increase your fuel consumption by 30%: {URL}

The link in the promotional text messages will take you to a single page online shopping website. However, it is a scam. Think twice before clicking the “Buy Here” button!

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#2 Louis Vuitton Scam

Scammers also use emails to spread fake online shopping sites. We’ve reported fake Louis Vuitton sites before, and now they’re happening again:

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The email takes you to a fake Louis Vuitton website (discountbagssale[.]com). Please keep an eye out for this bogus site and remember that the legitimate web address is louisvuitton.com!

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Fake Louis Vuitton website.

Fake Tinder email scam

“Someone matched you on Tinder! Even if this message seems tempting, do not click on anything!

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Scammers impersonate Tinder and send fake emails, trying to trick you into clicking the embedded button. This will take you to a fake adult website where you might end up exposing your credentials. Don’t get scammed!

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LinkedIn Email Scams

As we’ve written before, LinkedIn phishing emails are still around, leading victims to fraudulent websites. Here are several examples:

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Again, on these fake pages, you might possibly lose your personal information as well as money. Don’t fall for them!

How to protect yourself

  • Check the sender’s mobile number/email address again.
  • Buy only from legitimate shopping websites and platforms.
  • Beware of free gifts and prizes.
  • Always go to the official website/app instead of using links from unknown sources.
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