Have you received a text message that claims you came 1st or 3rd in this week’s Amazon Airpod raffle’? Read this review to find out what you should do next.
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Amazon Airpods Raffle- Scam or Legit?
We have been receiving mails from readers, bearing screenshots of texts claiming they are among the lucky winners in a so called ”Amazon Airpod Raffle”
The text goes like this-
Amazon: Congratulations [First Name], you came 3rd in this week’s Amazon Airpods raffle! Click the link to set delivery:
This might look so convincing, and make you think that your dreams are about to be realized. Hey! rejoice not, the Amazon Airpods Raffle is the new scam round the block. As you can see the link does not come from Amazon.com. This is a first sign that it is a fake link.
This review is going to show you how this scam works.
Amazon Airpods Raffle Scam- How It Works!
The email is being sent out by scammers. This is a bait to trick you into believing you have won a pair of airpods. The Amazon Airpods Raffle text has a malicious link attached to it which you are expected to click in order to set your delivery. But this is where the scam begins.
The link is a malicious one and is already flagged down by some strong browsers. When you visit it, it sends a malware to your phone, which tries to steal your personal and financial information or your credit card pin.
The scammers are however not intelligent. Some of the people who received the text message have never shopped from Amazon, and have never applied for a freebie online.
When we made enquiry with Amazon, we were told they were running no such raffle prize, thus it is not legitimate.
What Should You Do If You Receive Phishing Texts Like This
No matter how convincing it sounds, you shouldn’t visit the link or links attached to such messages/mails or send your personal information.
The first thing you should do is ignore such messages, and look for reviews online about it.
Always remember that Legitimate companies do not ask their winners to send money or personal information in order to collect their prizes.
Wendy is an Entry-Level Security Analyst who's passionate about cybersecurity and dedicated to protecting people and organizations from emerging threats.
She has spent the past ten years writing articles that reveal the alarming rise of online scams, fake products, and misleading advertising. In 2019, she left her role as a Threat Alert writer and founded SabiReviews. With more Cybersecurity certifications bagged, she knows her purpose; To educate the public about cybercrimes, to provide genuine reviews about services and products, and to stop cyber crimes.