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SPAR – Cybersecurity Tip of the Week – If You Receive a Gift Card Offer, It Could Be a Trap

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If you receive a gift card offer, it could be a trap

A popular trend in phishing scams is the unsolicited gift card prize offer. Malicious scammers pose as legitimate companies, like Amazon or Apple, and send convincing offers to their targets. They claim the target has the chance to win a valuable gift card, but they’ll need to act now if they want to win. Clicking their link will direct the target to their malicious website, where malware is surely waiting to strike. Take these steps if you receive a suspicious offer:

  • Look for inconsistencies in their messaging
  • Check for misspellings, especially in the link
  • Delete the email — the risk is never worth the reward

If you receive an email such as this to your UTHSC account, forward it to abuse@uthsc.edu for examination.