Beware of the Deal-of-the-Day websites phishing attacks!

Today there is a real threat of phishing and scam attacks using popular legit deal-of-the-day websites like Groupon, DealFind, WagJag, DealTicker, TeamBuy, LivingSocial, SharingForce, KijijiDeals, StealTheDeal, etc…

Internet users from Russia have already reported that some new daily deals websites (or forgeries of well known projects) are trying to swindle people and obtain valuable personal information like e-mails, passwords, credit card numbers, residential addresses, etc…

Usually any phishing or scam scheme becomes known to the public only when it is too late and millions of people already suffered.

Today Trueler warns everyone in advance of a new scam which can be based on any reputable and trusted deal-of-the-day website.

Please share this information with people you know are using deal-of-the-day websites.

Any related phishing or scam scheme can be implemented by criminals tomorrow if not today. You can help to minimize negative effect.

Possible damages:

  • Sharing credit card information with criminals
  • Sharing personal information like date of birth, residential address, phone number, etc.
  • Partial or total identity loss
  • Catching viruses and malicious software on your PC

How you can be caught:

  • Very attractive daily deal in your e-mail inbox which will lead you to the forgery website. It may go “from” the service you already registered with, or it may be some new deals site
  • Link in a forum or comments to the fake deal-of-the-day website
  • You can even find results with the help of a search engine which are not legitimate, but are just scam deals sites
  • Request in an e-mail to update your personal information or re-register in order to keep your account active or receive some bonus

How to protect yourself:

  • Make sure you received the message from real existed deal-of-the-day website which is not scam
  • Keep an eye on the address bar when you are making your purchase, or typing in password. Make sure the domain name is legitimate and is not a forgery
  • Most likely fake websites will have poor graphics and lack of branding, but your final conclusion should not be based purely on the website’s look. However it may help in revealing scam. Professional scammers can easily reproduce exact copy of Groupon or other site. Beware!
  • Here is a diagram which may help to conclude if you received real deal in your e-mail or it was a scam:

Deal of the Day Scam Flow

If you have already experienced any deal-of-the-day phishing scheme or scam, please share it with us and warn all other people!

Thanks for you cooperation!

The most complete list of the Deal-of-the-Day websites in Canada which can be used by hackers and scammers is:

Groupon, GrouponCanada, DealFind, WagJag, DealTicker, TeamBuy, LivingSocial, SharingForce, LivingDeal, DealOfTheDay by RedFlagDeals, KijijiDeals, Grooster, FabFind, Dealathons, EverybodyBuys, PriceDodger, DealsGoneSocial, DealGetters, BuyTopia, StealTheDeal, DealDipp, PeachyBuy, DealSharing, SwarmJam, WebPiggy, TeamSave, PathDeals, Snaggies, HotDealsLive, GoodNews, SocialShopper, Surrey, Tuango, WikiMotion, ILoveMontreal, Kahoot, DealZies, Chicoup, TownHog, BCDailyDeals, ethicalDeal, IndulgeLiving, GreenDeals, TakeitandGo.

Be careful!

11 comments to Beware of the Deal-of-the-Day websites phishing attacks!

  • FabFindGeoff

    My best advice is always to be weary of the address bar when being redirected to sites. Ensure that the site is a direct link (or even an affiliate link) for the intended destination. For example, if you get a link in your inbox with an offer from “www.fabfind.com”, ensure that is the site you are redirected to and not “fabfind.phishing.com” or something peculiar.

    If anyone has any fears their account has been compromised or has any questions about our security precautions please get in contact with us at support @ fabfind . com.

    Cheers everyone!

  • Trueler

    Hi FabFindGeoff,

    Thanks for getting in touch. Checking domain name definitely guarantees that destination website is legit.

    Thanks!
    Trueler

  • DealTicker

    Dear Readers,

    Thank you for reading about DealTicker on this forum. You can be rest assured, that when using our website to take advantage of up to 95% off on restaurants, spas, event tickets and more, the data and information shared with us will remain CONFIDENTIAL.

    We pride ourself in our great customer service, and are excited to share amazing deals with our audience across Canada.

    Best Regards,

    DealTicker Team

  • Trueler

    Hi DealTicker,

    The purpose of the article is to distinguish real Deal-of-the-Day websites like yours from fake websites which are supposed to scam people. Anyone can create identical copy of DealTicker and gather personal information.

    Now there are no complaints on DealTicker received by Trueler, so you are featured at the top of our database. Keep up the good work!

    Thanks!
    Trueler

  • Dealathons

    Thank you for reading about our industry and website in this forum. Dealathons is 100% legit and we take your security very seriously. Dealathons.com is also partnered up with Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and you may call to confirm this. Dealathons donates a portion of every sale to The Sick Kids Foundation.

    Unfortunately there are people out there who always seem to turn something great like saving money into something feared due to cyber crime. Rest assured Dealathons.com has taken every precaution possible. Please visit us anytime or contact us at 416 461 4552 if you have any questions.

  • setnight

    to all customers – just make sure that the websites you visits are
    1. Have a security certificate (https)
    2. Google them prior to any purchases (make sure they have not been involved in any scams)
    3. Protect your self, even if all above matches – read the about pages, see if information is legit.

    Good luck with your purchases of these daily deals – just remember when something is too good to be true – it really is too good to be true (service might bad. You might pay tips you did not expect to pay or you’ll get tax charges on full amount which no one declared).

  • Matt Parker

    Hi Everyone! It really is a shame that groupbuying is being used to scam people. The industry just started and already it’s being jeopardized. Just letting everyone know that Buytopia.ca is 100% legitimate and works with charities across Canada to donate a portion of thier profits daily!

    Check us out and suggest charities and organizations within your community that you want us to support next.

    If anyone has any concerns about our daily deal feel free to call us anytime.

  • bennxta

    HI,

    I purchased an item from buytopia.ca. They were offering a deal from Goodbuyfirst.com.

    I have contacted buytopia.ca several times and they have never provided me with a reply.

    Goodbuyfirst.com and buytopia.ca are sending me several emails, to confirm my delivery address, which I confirmed. They sent several more even though I have already confirmed my address.

    Goodbuyfirst.com also sent me a link to “sign up” and to enter a voucher number.
    However, there was no voucher number from buytopia.ca. The instructions were to re-purchase the item at a substantially higher price using a ‘voucher’ and to pay the extra ‘taxes’ applicable.

    I have been charged by these companies, have asked for an update with no response and was asked for personal information and to “sign up” more without ever receiving my goods or a reply from anyone who work in these companies.

  • Sandi Nikolasevic

    I would not recommend using this site which I understand has now been taken over by WagJag. In June I purchased Raspberry Ketone, my Visa has been charged 3 times and I have yet to receive anything 2 months after the initial purchase. I was told my Visa would be reimbursed so I will definitely be keeping an eye on my billing and see if they do reimburse.

    I also purchased a memory foam mattress for $400 in June which did not come. When contacting the company I was told that an email was senting saying there was a delay in shipping the mattresses and it would arrive in mid August. It is the 16th and I have not yet heard anything from anyone. Will wait till 20th and ask for a refund if nothing arrives.

    I do not recommend this site, 2 purchases and neither have arrived.

  • JO

    TWO PROBLEM COMPANIES …
    DEALATHON DOES NOT ANSWER EMAILS.
    I SENT FOUR EMAILS ABOUT A JULY 12TH ORDER THAT HAS NOT BEEN RECEIVED. THEY DIDN’T ANSWER ANY OF MY EMAILS AND AS AT SEPTEMBER 12TH, THE PRODUCT HAS STILL NOT BEEN RECEIVED.

    DEAL-OF-DAY – WHEN PAYING FOR AN ITEM JULY 9TH, NOTICED THE RE-DIRECT TO PAY XIUESONG LIU. YESTERDAY, SEPT 11TH I RECEIVED THE SHODDIEST PAIR OF SHOES I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE. THEY CLAIMED THE VALUE WAS $115, I PAID $39, VALUE 0!! THE WORKMANSHIP WAS UNBELIEVABLY POOR WITH GLUE SHOWING EVERYWHERE, SEAMS NOT MEETING AND LEAVING GAPS WITH GLUE IN THE MIDDLE, THE HEEL FABRIC WAS NOT TOTALLY GLUED DOWN. IF YOU COULD STAND WEARING THEM WITH THE ROUGHLY SEWN INSIDE SEAM BITING INTO YOUR FOOT, THEY WOULD COME UNGLUED WITH THE FIRST HINT OF WATER. HOPING THE REFUND WON’T TAKE TWO MONTHS LIKE THE DELIVERY DID.

    ALSO DEALT WITH MUKA BEAUTY SUPPLIES WHO ASKED FOR MY ORDER INFORMATION AGAIN, AFTER IT HAD BEEN GIVEN ON THE ORDER FORM THROUGH THE DAILY DEAL COMPANY. I GAVE THEM MY SHIPPING ADDRESS INFORMATION THREE TIMES. THIS WAS ANOTHER JULY ORDER THAT WAS NOT RECEIVED AS AT SEPTEMBER 10TH, SO I AM TRYING TO CANCEL IT AND GET MY MONEY BACK FOR THIS ONE TOO.

    RIGHT AFTER ONE OF THESE PURCHASES, MY CREDIT CARD COMPANY CALLED TO SAY THE RCMP HAD REPORTED THAT MY CARD HAD BEEN COMPROMISED THROUGH THE INTERNET. I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONE IT WAS, BUT I HAD TO GET A NEW CARD, AND CONTACT EVERYONE THAT I HAD AUTOMATIC PAYMENTS WITH USING THAT CARD.

    THREE STRIKES AND I’M OUT!!! I WILL DEFINITELY THINK IT OVER SERIOUSLY BEFORE BEING SUCKERED INTO ANY MORE ONLINE DEALS!

  • Pissed off

    DEALATHON IS A COMPLETE SCAM DO NOT TRUST THEM!!! THEY STOLE FROM ME. I NEVER RECEIVED MY VOUCHER AND WAS UNABLE TO CONTACT THEM FOR HELP.
    CHECK OUT THESE REVIEWS OF THE SITE IF YOU’RE NOT CONVINCED.
    http://www.sitejabber.com/reviews/www.dealathons.com

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