If you get a text saying you’re getting free groceries from Target because of the coronavirus pandemic, don’t click on the link. It’s a scam.
The text reads that you qualify for $175 worth of free groceries, WFMY reported, but the link, when clicked can install a virus, malware, spyware or ransomware. The programs often go undetected and feed the scammers your passwords, credit card numbers and banking information.
Target has a list of safe shopping tips for watching for potential scams. The list is geared to the holidays but can be followed at any time of the year.
First, report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
If it is COVID-19 related, click here.
Watch for mistakes in messages that may be slightly different than the real thing. Also, did you expect to get the message or was it sent out of the blue?
Don’t click without testing a link. Hover over the hyperlink and make sure the URL is the full one and that you know where you’re going to be directed.
Target isn’t the only company name being used as a scam.
Kroger was the victim of a viral Facebook post that promised a 1-hour shopping spree. The company said the post by “Kroger.com” without the blue verified checkmark, was not a legitimate post and told shoppers not to interact with it, WBNS reported. Company officials also asked the public to report the fraudulent post here.
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