We have recently been informed that individuals unaffiliated with our company are falsely using our name and logo to carry out phishing and fraudulent activities by offering fake job opportunities.
Please be aware: our official domain is codeandpepper.com. Pay close attention to the spelling. Scammers often use character combinations that mimic this domain to deceive you into clicking on malicious links. These links may resemble legitimate websites but are designed to steal your information.
Examples of Suspicious Domains and URLs Used by Scammers so far:
Remember, any domain that deviates from our official domain is likely a scam. We only contact individuals through emails sent from our official domain. Please note, we never use WhatsApp for communication.
Visual Examples of Fraudulent Messages
To further assist you in identifying potential scams, we have compiled a series of visual examples showcasing typical fraudulent messages and phishing attempts. These images illustrate common characteristics of scams, including misleading URLs, suspicious job offer, fake websites using our logo, and the types of language often used by scammers. Please note that these are for illustrative purposes and to enhance your awareness. When you encounter similar patterns or inconsistencies in messages, proceed with caution and consider them potential scams.
Protecting Yourself from Scams
A scam is an unlawful scheme to make money by deceiving individuals into revealing personal or financial information. Scams can occur in various forms and can affect anyone. Recognizing and protecting yourself from them is crucial.
Scams can be subtle. Here are some signs to help you identify them:
- Initial messages may be overly simple, like “Hi” or “Hi [name].”
- Scammers may pretend to be someone you know who has lost their phone or is traveling. Verify their identity by asking questions only the real person would know or by requesting a voice or video call.
- Be wary of messages about lotteries, gambling, jobs, investments, or loans that seem too good to be true. For example:
- Job offer: “Earn money working from home. Just deposit $ today for a huge return.”
- Investment opportunity: “Double your money fast with this stocks and crypto app.”
- Loan offer: “Get a loan at just 3% per year, flexible repayment, no formal application needed.”
How to Protect Yourself:
- Pause and Reflect: Look out for unknown numbers, rushing behavior, threats, requests for trust, or requests for money transfers or personal information.
- Stop the Conversation: Hang up or don’t respond to suspicious messages. Never comply with the requests of the sender.
- Block and Report: On platforms like WhatsApp, block the user and report them to help prevent further scams.
About Scams and Unwanted Messages
Identifying Unwanted Messages:
You might receive messages that raise suspicion. Look out for:
- Spelling and grammatical mistakes.
- Requests to click on links or activate features through a link.
- Solicitations for personal information, like credit card or bank details, passwords, or birthdates.
- Requests to forward a message.
By staying alert and informed, you can protect yourself and others from these fraudulent activities. If you encounter any suspicious activity related to our company, please contact us directly at hello(at)codeandpepper.com.