While smartphones have given us unprecedented access to the world, they’ve also provided unprecedented opportunity for scam artists to ply their trade. A new con involves sending unsolicited text messages to people offering $175 in free groceries from Target stores in the guise of coronavirus relief.
Naturally, it’s not legitimate.
According to the news station WFMY in Greensboro, North Carolina, scammers have been sending texts promising recipients free groceries as part of an effort to support the country during the coronavirus pandemic. Respondents are prompted to click on a link for more information, which then leads to an opportunity for spyware or malware to be installed on your phone. Personal information like passwords could then be obtained.
The link may look like a legitimate URL to Target, but the store warns that any offer for free gift cards is almost certainly a scam.
With new scams cropping up regularly, it’s a good idea to brush up on some effective strategies to avoid phishing attempts.