Quick post to publish details of a fairly convincing fraudulent SMS text message received stating “Your Argos credit card has a refund of £270 from an overpayment”. This is followed by a link that when previewed almost looks legitimate and takes you to a spoofed Argos Login page to try and scam your username and password. What’s most convincing about this scam is that the SMS appears to come from “Argos” no number used and appears below a list of older genuine SMS from Argos for previous purchases. This in itself might be sufficient to convince most people to click the link and enter their details in the hope of a refund.
Things to look out for to know it’s a scam
- Do you have an Argos Credit Card? In fact does one even exists? If not then straight away you know it’s a scam.
- Are you expecting a refund from Argos? If not then you know it’s a scam. Don’t hold out hope that Argos is refunding you and you’ve got free money.
- Look at the URL carefully. It doesn’t end Argos.co.uk it has a hyphen and then has -existing-customers etc on the end.
Don’t even click the link, you’d be surprised how much information they can gather from your browser just from cookies on their scam site.