Beware of COSTCO $500 Gift Card Scam

by on 11/26/2011 in Scams & Hoaxes, Security

There’s an email purporting to be from COSTCO, claiming to offer a free $500 gift card if you qualify. Once you qualify, which everyone usually does, you are taken to an online form to enter personal identifiable information in order to receive your gift card.

This is a phishing scam that sells and or distributes your personal information to other 3rd party marketing services. The information you share can also be used to steal your identity. The email comes from (giftcardcenterjtcly@beachhorsebackparks.com) which obviously has no correlation with COSTCO.

Actual Email

COSTCO $500 Gift Card Scam

The email is unprofessional and will more than likely fool people into believing they’re receiving a free $500 gift card from COSTCO. If you receive an email about this offer, mark as spam and delete it.

Consumers should be very careful about free offers they receive through email during the holiday season.

5 Responses to “Beware of COSTCO $500 Gift Card Scam”

  1. Zaks Blog

    Nov 26th, 2011

    That’s a shame. Thanks for alerting your readers. I will post on my FB and Twitter pages.

    Zak

  2. santa cruz condos

    Nov 27th, 2011

    Most of the time we can make out whether the mail is a scam or a genuine one but sometimes it can look so genuine. There has been cases of such scams in the past also and its still becoming riskier.

    • Frank Jovine

      Nov 27th, 2011

      Unfortunately, people still fall for online scams because they look very authentic.

  3. M Nurdin Anwar

    Dec 3rd, 2011

    Why fraud is not dealt with the legal process, let me know about scams via email again .. because it harms the company’s products

  4. Thomas Dearagonaise

    Dec 17th, 2011

    I receive email scams everyday, and am wondering where the best place is to submit such scams. In doing internet searches, I see a ton of sights to report such scams, but I’m wondering which ones are “official” such as the FBI webiste, etc… Any feedback or perhaps a follow on article covering this topic would be appreciated by myself, and perhaps many… Being in the security business myself, it really annoys me that there are so many scammers out there that are likely getting away with it…