Gift card scam warning! Emails offering you a gift card in exchange for answering a quick survey are really phishing attempts. Learn how to identify these scams to protect yourself!
Imagine, finally mustering up the energy to open up your email inbox to tackle the ever growing number "to-dos" you've been putting off.
You've replied to the more critical emails, and then you start to maybe clean out some of the less important emails.
All of a sudden, an email with the subject We'll take 60.00 of your next trip to Whole-Foods catches your eye.
Who wouldn't like a free $60 at Whole Foods? Sounds like an amazing deal, right? Of course it does! If it were real, it would be amazing!
In fact, this gift card scam is just another attempt to:
Each gift card scam that I've come across seem to have a few characteristics in common. Mainly, they are asking you to do something exceedingly simple, such as answer a short survey.
On top of that, what they offer in return seems like an amazing deal — $50, $100, $200 or more!
You know the old saying, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true. This definitely holds true for these types of "offers".
Do you want to easily identify these kinds of phishing scams? Keep an eye out for these clues.
Pictured below are some phishing attempts that were sent to us, or members of our organization.
Below I've highlighted some of the obvious signs that WholeFoods is not giving away these gift cards.
Here, I've highlighted some of the obvious signs that Amazon also is not giving away gift cards.
Typically, to appear more legitimate, these scam emails will also have an Unsubscribe link. As you may suspect, these links are not to be trusted, either.
The best thing you can do if you receive these kinds of gift card scam email messages is to delete it.
You should also share this with your employees or others that may be susceptible to such fraudulent emails.