In the last couple of days, I have received probably more than 10 scam emails about my “Costco Shopper Rewards”. I wanted to make everyone who reads my blog aware of this because it is a total scam and not in any way real, and clearly, you do not want to click on anything in the email. I don’t know what happens if you click on the links because there was no way I was trying that, and I hope no one else is trying the links either. So, if you see something in your Inbox that sounds like what I describe in the rest of this post, just send it right to your junk folder and trash it.
The scam email comes with the subject line “Your Costco shopper rewards are expiring soon” and the sender is “Costco Code” . Inside the email looks like the image to the left with various links and an image that does contain the Costco logo (or at least a super close knock off), but this is definitely not from Costco or anyone affiliated with them either. Every time I have received the email the actual sending email address is different and the domain names they are sending from are registered all around the world, though probably half of them were registered in the Czech Republic. In any case, they are using all different email address and domain names.
The body of the email says you can get these instant cash rewards at your local Costco or online. All you have to do is print our your rewards certificate. The “rewards certificate” is located at some junk URL that no one should actually click on. Funny thing is that the image for the body of the email that shows the Costco logo is actually entitled “Walmart”. LOL Which if you weren’t sure about the scamminess of this email before, that should certainly convince you, huh? They use the inducement of these alleged rewards expiring soon and letting you know that they are only available for a short time so that you’ll click away without even thinking about it. What you don’t see actually show up in the email but is there if you look at the source behind it, is this long rambling piece of a story or something. I didn’t really take the time to read it. But it is there, in the background, for who knows what reason. Then below the big chunk of text that you can’t see, there are a couple of links to unsubscribe. And clearly, you don’t want to click on those links either because in reality they are the same URL as the link for the printable reward certificate. And then there’s some more junk text at the bottom of the email that you can’t see if you just view it normally.
This email isn’t real and isn’t something you want to click on or even open. Costco doesn’t do a rewards program like this and wouldn’t be using email addresses from the Czech Republic if they were. So, just trash it if something like this shows up in your Inbox.