Scammers are at it again with a Costco membership canceling scam. They may be telling you that your membership or account will be canceled unless you click on the provided link.

Who Is It Targeting: Text message users

What Is It: Phishing scam that tries to get you to click a link

What Are They After: Scammers are still sending out phishing messages—often by email, text or on social media—that try to entice you to click the included link. One such text that recently came to the ITRC pretended to be from Costco, threatening to shut down the recipient’s membership for failing to fill out surveys. Does it matter if the recipient does not have a Costco membership? No. The scammers send out tens of thousands of these messages a day, hoping to snare a few victims in their nets.

How Can You Avoid It:

  • To avoid scams like this membership canceling scam, never click a link or open an attachment unless you were specifically expecting it
  • If you do receive a warning that could be genuine, simply log into your account with that company by going to your account page yourself

If you think you may be a victim of identity theft or a membership canceling scam, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at 888.400.5530. You can also Live Chat with an advisor. Find more information about current scams and alerts here.


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