Amazon & Costco Survey Rewards, Gucci Belts
Here’s an important safety tip....Don’t take any online marketing surveys that claim to represent ANY company! We see hundreds of malicious clickbait disguised as reward surveys all the time, such as these two that pretend to be from Amazon and Costco.
The Amazon clickbait has subtle grammar errors in it but most importantly didn’t come from Amazon and doesn’t have links pointing to Amazon or any legitimate marketing firm. The link points to another link shortening service. The Zulu URL Risk Analyzer saw right through this BS.
The graphic in this next email pretending to be about a Costco survey has been reused over and over by the criminal gang who first created it. (We don’t even need to look at the email source or embedded links anymore to prove malicious intent. The graphic says it all!) By the way, the malicious links in this email point to a misused account with Amazon’s web services. (Look at the very bottom of the email. We have no idea what “juicy recordings” are but we’re intrigued!)
We assume that most consumers are familiar with the term “Chinese knockoffs” (Visit Wikipedia’s definition) Some folks even knowingly buy counterfeit consumer goods because they are cheap and look so much like the real deal. And so, this email may intrigue some consumers to go online to visit the website topbuy[.]online to purchase a Gucci belt for $19.99 that is, at best, a Chinese knock-off. (For the record, we did not visit the website but used a screenshot tool to take a photo of it remotely.)
However, visiting that online store could be VERY RISKY! It is quite possible that this is just a social engineering trick that could result in a malware infection or to gather your personal information including credit card. Our prior experiences show us that websites that are newly created are often used for malicious purposes. Our WHOIS lookup of topbuy[.]online informs us that this domain was registered in China less than 2 months ago and the domain is for sale! Does this sound reputable to you?
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