Sony fans can rejoice! No, not because the PlayStation 5 was just announced, but because they’re being targeted by some pretty convincing phishing scams promising them an early look at the new console. We talk to some experts about what to do if you’re targeted by these PS5 phishing scams and also discuss ways you can avoid them in the first place.
It’s been less than a week since Sony’s PlayStation 5 hit store shelves, and already there’s a phishing scam going around that’s targeting gamers. The scam comes in the form of an email, which promises recipients a free PS5 if they click on a link. The email looks convincing at first glance, but there are several red flags that give it away as a fake. For one, the email is addressed to Dear PlayStation user, which is not how Sony would address its customers.
There are also grammatical errors throughout the email, and the link included goes to a website that is not affiliated with Sony. To make matters worse, users who do end up clicking on the link will be asked for their credit card information so that their PS5 can be shipped out. The email even includes a disclaimer about receiving this notice after having clicked the link, which is another clue that the email isn’t legitimate.
Sony has said that the best way to avoid scams like these is by turning off any spam filters or inbox rules that might filter emails from unknown senders into your spam folder, or blocking emails from known spammers altogether. If you ever receive a suspicious email from someone claiming to represent Sony or otherwise ask for your personal information, don’t hesitate to contact them directly through their official customer service line (1-800-345-SONY) or online contact form .
You may want to use caution when following links contained within suspicious emails, as well. Be wary of anything that asks for passwords or financial information and only provide those details if you’re sure you’re dealing with a reputable company.
If you’re a gamer, you’re probably well aware of the upcoming release of the PlayStation 5. And if you’re like most people, you’re probably hoping to get your hands on one. Unfortunately, there’s a new phishing scam that’s targeting gamers who are desperate to get their hands on the new console.
The scam baits its victims by sending them an email claiming they’ve won a chance at getting their hands on one of two free PlayStation 5 consoles.
All they have to do is click a link and enter some information about themselves in order to receive these free consoles via mail delivery, which sounds too good to be true for avid fans. But beware! Clicking this link will install malware onto your computer without you even realizing it. For anyone who falls victim to this phishing scam, it could lead to significant consequences including financial losses or even identity theft.
In order to protect yourself from falling prey to this scheme, always check the sender address before clicking any links and avoid clicking any links that promise anything for free, especially when those offers seem too good to be true. It may sound tempting but believe us – it’s not worth the risk!
The Red Flags
If you’re a gamer, you’re probably excited for the release of the PlayStation 5 (PS5). But beware of scammers who are trying to take advantage of that excitement. Recently, there’s been a phishing scam going around that baits gamers with the promise of a free PS5. Here are some red flags to watch out for 1) An email address such as support@ps5.
2) The sender is claiming to be from PlayStationTM and not Sony.
3) It may ask you to complete an online survey or fill out your information in order to get your console. These types of scams are common and can lead people into giving away personal information. Don’t let this one catch you!
Responses and Results
If you’ve been on the internet at all in the past week, you’ve probably seen some version of the PS5 phishing scam going around. The scam is pretty simple: someone promiseS to give away a free PS5 if you click on their link and enter your personal information. Needless to say, clicking on these links is a bad idea. Not only will you not get a free PS5, but you’re also giving scammers access to your personal information.
At best, this will lead to having your accounts hacked or being sent spam. At worst, it could lead to identity theft or other serious consequences. It’s important that we take steps now to protect ourselves from scams like this one before they do more damage. To avoid these sorts of scams, always remember to type the web address yourself (in order to avoid copy-and-paste schemes) and be suspicious of any emails asking for personal information.
If an email seems too good to be true, it most likely is! For those who have already clicked on one of these links and are now worried about what happened to their account(s), there are a few steps you can take to regain control. First, change your password immediately using sites like 1Password or LastPass (which generate unique passwords every time). Second, reach out directly to the company affected by the breach—they may have specific instructions for how users can reset their account. Third, contact law enforcement for help if needed.