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List: 24 Online Scams To Watch Out For

A collection of emails, texts, and social media posts that advertise illegitimate giveaways.

Published Feb 22, 2022

A woman uses a laptop on April 3, 2019, in Abidjan. - According to the figures of the platform of the fight against cybercrime (PLCC) of the national police, nearly one hundred crooks of the internet, were arrested in 2018 in Ivory Coast, a country known for its scammers on the web, has announced on April 2, 2019 the Ivorian authority of regulation of the telephony. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images) (Getty Images)
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In addition to calling out sources of false information related to news events, history, conspiracy theories, and folktales, the Snopes newsroom for years has tracked nefarious internet scams that prey on people who have difficulty spotting the differences between legitimate and illicit giveaways.

Below are two dozen examples of emails, texts, and social media posts that aim to convince recipients that they've been chosen to receive free money or discounts — when, in reality, the messages are simply efforts to get their personal information. 

If you receive any of these so-called "offers," your best course of action is: 1) don't click on any suspicious links, and 2) delete the messages. You can also report phishing attempts and other scams to the Better Business Bureau.

The someone tried to log in to your account Facebook email scam.
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Book, Person, Human
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A Norton email renewal refund scam targeted consumers in early 2022 and likely long before.
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A scam email that claimed to be from Pornhub asked users to confirm your subscribe for a subscription confirmation and said to stop receiving these emails from us hit reply and let us.
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McDonald's did not send the scam email about an exclusive reward or gift for a $100 gift card or gift certificate.
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CVS Pharmacy was not giving a confirmation receipt for a special exclusive reward offer because it was an email scam.
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A scam email promised a $500 Capitol Capital One Gift Card reward.
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An email scam promised a $1,000 Venmo gift card but it was not real and should be deleted.
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A Costco and T-Mobile email scam promised a gift or exclusive reward and had the subject line we have been trying to reach you please respond.
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A scam email claimed to give a $100 Lowe's gift card for anyone who took a survey.
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An eBay email scam sends thanks and an order confirmation for a supposed Axel Panel Platform Bed.
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Lowe's was not offering an exclusive reward for taking a 30-second survey because it was all a scam.
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A UPS scam email promised an exclusive reward and included a supposed confirmation receipt however it all just led to surveys and fake offers.
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A scam email from LinkedIn promised that people are looking at your profile but it all came from a Russian email address.
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Facebook scams that promise a payment of $750 in Cash App or CashApp should be avoided.
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A Facebook scam showed pictures of Ellen DeGeneres and promised $750 or $1,000 Cash App prizes.
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It's false to say that Biden and Congress passed a stimulus for homeowners like Facebook ads claimed whether 3600 $3,600 or another amount.
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Citizens with no DUIs in the last three 3 years were not eligible for $610 or $710 refund checks from the government despite what Facebook and Instagram ads claimed.
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The Ellen DeGeneres Show is not giving away $1,000 Amazon.com gift cards or PlayStation 5 consoles or iPhone devices on Facebook.
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A USPS email scam promised 200 lucky winners rewards every Tuesday in a contest or giveaway.
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A Walmart hoax on TikTok claimed that a four-digit discount code could be entered at self-checkout.
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Shark Tank did not endorse Keto Burn or a 50lbs in 61 days offer for weight loss.
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Text, Poster, Advertisement
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Amazon pods raffle scam
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Jessica Lee is Snopes' Senior Assignments Editor with expertise in investigative storytelling, media literacy advocacy and digital audience engagement.

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