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Anymouse 🌹🏡😷9/16/2020 4:00:51 am PDT

QAnon is coopting a USPS phishing scam (The Verge)

Conspiracy theorists claim the text messages are linked to human trafficking

A viral phishing scheme is targeting people across the country with scammy text messages claiming to be from the United States Postal Service (USPS). Now, QAnon conspiracy theorists have jumped into the fray, falsely claiming the scheme is tied to human trafficking, as reported by Insider.

There’s no evidence to suggest this is true. The rumor has spread on Facebook and Instagram, echoing the Wayfair conspiracy theory that went viral earlier this summer. Unlike the Wayfair conspiracy, however, the USPS myth is obfuscating a real phishing threat.

The scam involves text messages that claim to have information about a USPS delivery. To find out more, people have to click a link. On Twitter, security researcher Eric Ellason said the link goes to the domain m9sxv (dot) info, which then redirects to jtuzd (dot) rdtk (dot) io. He speculated the goal was to steal peoples’ credentials, as reported by Gizmodo.

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