Spotify Google Nest Scam: How It Works
According to Spotify, you may get a Google Nest Mini with your Premium Individual, Family, Duo, or Student plan, while stocks last. A Google Nest Mini is a smart speaker for any room. However, watch out for the newest phishing trick out there, the Spotify Google Nest Scam, which is going around today in the United Kingdom and Canada. It is probably just a matter of time until it reaches the United States and Australia. The scam varies, but you should take away the pattern and adjust it to your region.
How does the scam work?
Once you register for the real offer (pending availability), the real Spotify sends you an email to the address registered on your Spotify account with a link to order your Google Nest Mini for free. However, scammers hijacked the fantastic deal and started claiming to be from the Spotify’s offices. They are promoting a fake website where victims can visit and register themselves in order to receive the Google Nest Mini.
The bogus promotion is advertised on all the social media platforms, from Instagram stories to Facebook ads. It is also the subject of various Whatsapp and Viber scams, so beware. Here is what to look for and prevent the trap.
The new page resembles the real Spotify’s website perfectly, making it almost impossible for users to detect the scam. However, there are a few pointers below that give away the trick. Although the real Spotify encourages those interested in signing up for a Premium account if they don’t have one, cybercriminals ask the present members to register for the Google Nest Mini on a different page.
Obviously, it is on a fake one, so that they can steal the personal information and some financial data.
While Spotify promises the device for free, scammers claim a minimal admin fee (something like £1.50 or $1.99CDN, but the amounts vary all the time). The small price makes victims believe they get the deal of the century, so many can provide their credit card information on the crooks’ fake website. Please don’t do it!
Before we get into how to avoid the Spotify Google Nest Scam, make sure you stay away from another couple of fraud schemes related to the giant music platform: The Spotify Premium Membership Scam and the Unable to Bill Your Spotify Account trick.
On the other hand, there is the Spotify Playlist Scam, which you can watch below explained in a YouTube video:
But let’s continue with the Google Nest Mini Scam and how to protect yourself.
Spotify Nest Mini Scam: How to Avoid
How can you avoid the Spotify Nest Mini scam? It’s easy. Once you open the new website provided in the offer, look at the browser. If the domain is a variation of ‘spotify.com,’ such as spot1fy.com or anything that involves similar letters or numbers, you can rest assured there is something dodgy there.
The official page where you can claim your Google Nest Mini device is here. However, Spotify announced earlier today that “due to high demand for the Google Nest Mini, you may be unable to redeem your code at this time. If you encounter any issues, please try again later.”
Spotify Google Nest: How To Report a Scammer
Warn your family and friends about the Spotify Google Nest Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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