Target Shopping Survey Scam (Love Target)
You may have received a fraudulent email with the subject line “Love Target?” from a sender titled Target Shopping Survey (or firstname.lastname@example.org) that claims you can complete a Target shopping survey in order to claim a Target gift-card. If you did receive an email claiming to be from Target that provides instructions to complete a shopping survey in order to obtain a gift-card ignore it! The email is a common Target scam that is circulating after the recent Target customer data breach.
Target has only sent one mass email to their customers in regards to the security breach that can be read here. Target has not sent out any emails to customers stating that they can obtain a gift card by completing an online survey.
The Target Shopping Survey scam email message contains malicious links that may download malware and various malicious payloads to a computer system and/or direct a user to a malicious website.
A screenshot of the email and the contents of the message are listed below:
This email is commonly referred to as the Target Survey scam, Love Target scam, or Target Shopping Survey scam. Email messages sent may contain additional text, may be delivered from a different email address, and may contain different content than suggested on this page.
Complete the Shopping Survey & Claim Your Target Gift Card Shopping at Target? There’s never a shortage of savings when it comes to shopping for all your necessities at Target. Do you agree? Have you shopped at Target lately? Did you know you could get additional savings from Target’s weekly ads? Share your opinion on shopping by completing the survey and claim your Target gift card! All You Need to Do is: 1. Register 2. Complete the Shopping Survey 3. Claim Your Gift Card
What to do if you have fallen victim
If you have fallen victim to the Target Shopping Survey email scam your computer may be infected with dangerous malware and/or computer viruses. It is recommended to scan your computer using reputable software in order to detect and remove any malicious files that may invade your privacy and/or limit or destroy computer and browser functionality.
We recommend using the instructions below to detect and remove any malware on your computer that may have been introduced by the shopping survey scam email.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer.