My Wife Came Across A Scam To Steal Your PC Optimum Points That You Should Pay Attention To

I’ve written on numerous occasions about the problems that users of the PC Optimum rewards program have had with people stealing their hard earned points. And this past Saturday, these issues hit close to home. My wife and I were in a Loblaws store shopping for groceries when all of a sudden she showed me her phone. This is what I saw:

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My wife for a few seconds thought this was a legitimate message as we happened to be in Loblaws at the time. Then decided to show it to me. And it’s a good thing that she did as this is clearly a phishing scam highlighted by the fact that the URL is malformed and clearly not something that Loblaws would use, and the fact that the English in this text is really of low quality. The area code is 819 which comes from the province of Quebec. Specifically the Quebec portion of the National Capital Region, and the Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay coastlines of Quebec. Major cities in the 819 territory include Gatineau, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières. But what is important about this is that many PC Optimum related scams seem to originate from Quebec. That to me is not a coincidence.

In the interest of science, I decided to try out this domain to see if I could get to it. I couldn’t from a Windows 10 virtual machine (I was doing this to protect myself from the possibility of malware infection). But I wondered if it was designed to respond to mobile browsers.  So I tried that and got nowhere as well. I finally decided to look up to see who owned the domain via a whois lookup. I got nothing back from that as well. So it is possible that by the time I investigated this, they abandoned this domain. Or they were shut down. It isn’t clear which is at play here. But what is clear is that this was a phishing scam. PC Optimum Points don’t expire as far as I am aware. But the scammers are using this as a call to action to get you to perhaps hand over your PC Optimum account password or some other information that would allow them to drain your PC Optimum points. Plus, I think it is safe to say that Loblaws would never contact you in this manner. Thus if you get a text message like this, I would delete it. But you could do Loblaws a favor by taking a screen shot of it and sending it to them via Twitter or Facebook as based on this message on this webpage they are aware of this and are investigating:

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Thus it makes it plausible that this scam that my wife encountered was shut down by Loblaws. But it doesn’t change the fact that you need to be aware of this and other scams and be on your toes at all times.

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