It appears that scammers are at it again. And this time, they have decided to wrap our poor, sweet, Costco into the mix…
Dealin’ and Scammin’ at Costco
Welcome back everyone for a new article in CPG’s cyber attack of the week series. Today, we are taking a look at a scam that targets Costco customers.
To begin, Costco is a type of wholesale operation where members of the store have the opportunity to buy items in bulk, at a lower cost (most of the time). Costco is similar to Sam’s Club, as well as other wholesale retailers.
Now, many people sign up for a Costco membership hoping for great deals, and maybe a slice of pizza at the food court now and then. But as of recent, scammers are targeting those who hold a Costco membership.
Further, the FBI announced the discovery of a phishing scam that sends fake freebie rewards and stimulus checks to loyal Costco shoppers through text.
Due to COVID-19, many bills, grants and other actions created to give aid to those in need are being created currently. So, only naturally, scammers are taking advantage of these types of outreach and services, by creating their own.
In a recent tweet, the FBI reports that the text from scammers will address a type of stimulus check for loyal customers and a link to access the money.
The #FBI is warning the public that Costco is NOT texting (or using social media platforms) the public or its’ customers to provide a “stimulus check,” “freebies,” or a “stimulus package.” These messages, containing a malicious link, are a #SCAM. Do NOT click on the link. #fraud pic.twitter.com/PwCutAaPwO
— FBI San Diego (@FBISanDiego) March 31, 2020
All in all, if a random text from Costco offering you money seems too good to be true, it probably is. Always make sure to exercise caution when receiving texts, emails or other messages with a link. Especially when it is from an unknown sender.
Continuing, if Costco actually decided to send out stimulus rewards to customers, I’m sure that the company would have announced the mission or did some type of press release. Plus, customers always have the option to call the store directly to inquire about rewards and promotions.
Stay safe and healthy everyone!
By Taylor Ritchey