Venmo Deposit Text Message Scam: How It Works
There is a warning these days about a new Venmo Deposit Text Scam, aka the Claimit.com Scam. People receive messages on their phones claiming to be notifications about a new Venmo deposit received in the amount of $500. To get the money, the recipient has to access certain websites, where they need to fill out a survey. The latest domain names provided by the perpetrators are c1aimit.com, claimit.com, and h0mwrk.com – and not Venmo’s official page, as expected. These websites could change at any time, so beware.
Below you can see a screenshot with an example of a bogus Venmo text message. Here it is:
The text message states: “New Venmo deposit received: $500 Claim the transaction: http://c1aimit.com/sDXCL3hZcv.“
Depending on where the scammer got your phone number from – most likely purchased from third-party phishing entity – they could also add your name at the beginning of the fake Venmo text message, so it looks more realistic. In the example below, a Twitter user named Piper Mathews complained on social media about the scam showing a message showing her name. Here it is:
As you can see in the first image above, one of the scammers’ phone numbers is (458) 223-0213, but don’t get fooled. These could change all the time as they are hijacked from other victims through the use of particular software.
The new Venmo deposit received scam is the last one in a long chain of Venmo scams. Watch the video below to see a different variation of the text message scam:
Venmo Deposit Scam: How to Avoid
Similar to the Venmo survey scam, the deposit text message is just a phishing scheme. Clicking those links (c1aimit.com and h0mwrk.com) takes you to a form that asks for personally identifying information, or to a site that downloads malware onto your computer.
If you get one of these texts on your phone, please don’t click the link. Delete the message and go ahead with your day.
New Venmo Deposit Received Scam: How To Report
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