Costco Hacking Scam

We keep reading about the international hacking scams but little is said about how and when these cyber-criminals rip you off. Well, here’s one I was able to nip in the bud just tonight.

My first tip was who it was emailed to. The scammers chose a website that I own but is in no way connected to my Costco account.

Second: I’ve never received this kind of refund from this store.

Third: The “view your reward here” address doesn’t look anything like what might come from a major retailer. It’s too long, it doesn’t have any markings that look like Costco. Bottom line? It’s a scam, folks. Your name, your website, your email address and banking information are all in the hands of crooks who buy lists of potential suckers from the hackers. If you click on a link that looks like the one below it automatically installs malware on your computer.

Beware and be aware my friends.


Reward Month: October For: xxxx@xxxxxxxxxx

October 3, 2014 ——————————– Your October Costco Rewards Are Available. To claim your October Rewards, view the link below. Average Reward Balance: $78.52 View your reward here:


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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

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