Groupon is yet another brand name being used in phishing scams. Emails with the misspelled subject line of “Groupon dicount gifts,” claim that a friend has shared a Groupon deal with you. Except the gift is a Trojan virus which is downloaded to your computer. (Uh, no thanks!)
The email creates a sense if urgency directing consumers to “Be in a hurry,” claiming the weekend special is “due” in two days. The email has all the makings of a legitimate Groupon newsletter from the logo, to the green border and there are even the added Groupon advertisements at the bottom.
- Phishing scams are becoming more prevalent and increasingly legitimate looking. Better Business Bureau reminds consumers to:
- never reply to or click links provided in an email asking for your personal information. Even if the email appears to be from a trusted source, it could be trying to get your personal information or download malware to your computer. Delete the email immediately.
- always verify a website’s security before sharing information. Look for “https://” in the address bar instead of “http://” whenever you are providing your personal information through a website. This indicates the web browser is secure.
- keep anti-spyware, anti-virus and anti-spam software up-to-date. While consumers are ultimately responsible for keeping personal and financial information private, these can help protect you against viruses and other malware.