Scammers Are Offering Fake Shein Gift Cards to Instagram Users

Social media is full of scams, and the most recent scam of all has to do with a popular clothing brand by the name of Shein. Researchers at Avast have found that users from Australia, the UK, Spain, Poland and France along with many other countries have been targeted by scammers with all things having been considered and taken into account.

The initiation of this scam involves a comment being left on a user’s Instagram post. The scammers state that the user is one of a few lucky individuals that are eligible to receive a gift card from Shein in 2023, and that makes victims more susceptible than might have been the case otherwise.

The comment offering the gift card contains a link, and with all of that having been said and now out of the way it is important to note that this link is very dangerous to click on. If you were to go to the link, you will be asked to fill out a survey. Comments from other supposed winners are also shown because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making the scam seem more legitimate.

Interestingly, there are no right or wrong answers here. Regardless of which answers you end up picking, you will be offered the gift card once all is said and done. Users are then asked to pay a small postage fee so that they can receive the gift card, and that is where the scam starts to become apparent. The amount is neglible, with just £2 to £5 being requested, and the currency changes based on the user’s country of origin.

Of course, the whole point of this scam is to get thousands of users to give a few dollars each. The scammers won’t have to provide anything in return, and the amount is so small that many users might just forget about it or avoid dealing with it.

Users need to be educated about these scams. Shein will definitely want to take a look at this, since it can wreak havoc with their brand image.

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