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Venmo Email Scam Promises $1,000 Gift Card for Survey

If Venmo were to send its users an email, it probably wouldn't come from an email address that was registered on a brand new website.

Published Feb 10, 2022

POLAND - 2019/11/10: In this photo illustration a Venmo logo displayed on a smartphone. (Photo Illustration by Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) (Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
POLAND - 2019/11/10: In this photo illustration a Venmo logo displayed on a smartphone. (Photo Illustration by Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
An email says you have been "selected" to win a $1,000 Venmo gift card.

In February 2022, we reviewed a scam email that appeared to come from Venmo or a third-party company that promised a $1,000 Venmo gift card. "We are pleased to announce you've been selected," the message said.

This was not a legitimate offer and the message did not come from Venmo. It appeared to have been sent by either a third-party survey company or a scammer posing as the survey company.

The email we looked at used bell emojis in the subject line and said, "Get a $1000 Venmo Gift Card Today." The message read as follows: 

? Get a $1000 Venmo Gift Card Today? ? ?

From: Venmo.NLNQRJU.LPGAHKZ@rheerrgi.org via pladias.club

Venmo Gift Card

Congratulations! A $1000 Venmo
gift card is waiting for you...
Upon completion of purchase and/or subscription.

We are pleased to announce
you've been selected.

Start Right Away

Venmo is not affiliated with, does not sponsor,
or otherwise endorse this promotion.

To unsubscribe, please visit here or write to:

Consumer Digital Survey
P.O. Box 4668 #85919
New York, NY 10163-4668

We were unable to find any details on rheerrgi.org, which was part of the email address, but we did find that pladias.club was registered in the previous month. Either way, neither of these two website addresses appeared trustworthy and were not actually giving away a $1,000 Venmo gift card for taking a survey.

Legitimate emails from Venmo end with "@venmo.com," not "rheerrgi.org." For example, emails from venmo@venmo.com and venmo@email.venmo.com can be trusted. (Looking at the "from" address in an email will usually be able to help readers figure out if an email is a legitimate message from the company it says it's from, or if it's from a possible scammer.)

It's unclear what the scam email's intent was, as the scammers apparently forgot to include any links in the message. However, these kinds of scams can potentially lead to phishing attempts and other dangerous outcomes. Caution is advised and it's best to hit delete.

An email scam promised a $1,000 Venmo gift card but it was not real and should be deleted.
A "Paypal, Venmo, or cash only" sign with a QR code is displayed on a table on December 12, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

Venmo's real website published a page on various scams they had seen before.

In sum, no, the offer for the $1,000 Venmo gift card was not real.

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Jordan Liles is a Senior Reporter who has been with Snopes since 2016.

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