🚨 These are advanced scams because the reply-to email addresses are very similar to legitimate emails, and the request to participate in their loyalty programs seems innocuous, which is unusual because most scam messages introduce a certain level of urgency. However, these scams do not.
We feature two scams in this edition because the format, language, and general characteristics of these scams are very similar. This similarity indicates that they could come from the same source.
🕵🏼 How to tell:
- The sender's emails are not from walmart.com or tumi.com. The sender's domains are wallmart.com and tumii.com. These minor errors could be hard to identify, especially for those who might have visual problems. So, be extra vigilant when checking the sender's email addresses!
- The greeting isn't personalized. We are not able to fit this part in this alert, but the emails don't include a personalized greeting. Legitimate companies will always use personalized greetings that include your email address or name. However, this particular scammer(s) only use the word "Congratulations!" at the beginning of their message.
🔒 Ways to stay safe:
- Keep an eye on similar emails in the coming weeks! If scammers are using the same tactics for brands as different as Walmart and TUMI, chances are they are also deploying the same messages using other well-known brands. Be vigilant! With Amazon Prime Day coming up next week, expect an influx of scams from various retailers.
- Mark the email as Spam/Junk in your mailbox to prevent the same sender from sending more scam emails to your address.
- Always check the sender's email addresses. On your iPhones, you'll need to manually tap on the sender's name for the email address to show, so don't forget to do this.
- Go straight to the company's websites to claim a promotion. In this case, go directly to walmart.com or tumi.com to verify if they have an ongoing promotion for their loyalty programs.