Argos Customers Targeted with Text Message Phishing Scam

July 12, 2018 1:59 pm Geraldine Strawbridge

Argos customers are the latest to be targeted with a phishing scam aimed at stealing personal and financial information.

Cybercriminals are sending out text messages that appear to come from Argos in an attempt to trick customers into entering their personal details.

The Argos Phishing Scam Text Message

The text message says: “Your Argos credit card has a refund of £270 from an overpayment”. To claim their refund, recipients are invited to click on a link that appears to be from the official Argos website. Upon clicking the link, victims are redirected through to a phishing website designed to steal their personal data.

The message is extremely convincing as it appears in a messaging thread that contains legitimate texts received from Argos in the past.

Image: Fake Argos Text Message Source: Business Cloud

Action Fraud commented on the new phishing scam: “These fake text messages purport to be from Argos and claim that you’re owed a refund. The link in the messages lead to phishing websites designed to steal your personal information, as well as payment details.

“Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.”

Other signs to look out for that may indicate a phishing scam include;

  • poor grammar
  • spelling mistakes
  • a mismatched UR
  • threatening or urgent language
  • claims of prizes
  • a request for information.

 MetaPhish has been designed to provide the first line of defence against phishing and ransomware attacks like this Argos phishing scam.

 Contact us for further information on how we can help protect your business from this growing threat.