Venmo Hiring Text Message Scam

According to a Venmo Hiring text message which is being sent to many US people, Venmo, a mobile payment service owned by PayPal, is hiring 5 people to work from home and recipients can make $500 per day.

This is is a scam. Don’t click on the link. If you do, you will be redirected to spam websites at best and phishing and malicious websites at worst.

This is how the text message looks like:

[Name of receipient] TODAY on [Today’s Date], Venmo is hiring 5 people to work from home. Make $500/day paid to your venmo account! [unique link to]

The domain was registered on the NameCheap, Inc. registrar on August 18, 2020, just two days ago at the time of writing this. It will expire in one year.

The owner information is hidden using a privacy service provided by WhoisGuard, Inc.

The text message was reported to be sent by the following numbers:

  • 4582297349
  • 4582327433
  • 4582327666
  • 4582469136
  • 5033299752
  • 5412701851
  • 5416743069
  • 5419650342
  • 6196303149
  • 6822490613
  • 7147498596
  • 8305221834
  • 9512625874
  • 9713153622

Another version of this SMS message was reported, which redirected reciepients to a different domain, Like, was also registered on the NameCheap, Inc. registrar on August 18, 2020.

What to do next?

Do not respond to the texts, and especially do not share sensitive personal or financial information by text.

Do not click any links in a text message. Clicking on a link in a scam text can have unfortunate consequences, such as leading you to a fake website asking you to log in to your account to phish for your log in credentials and infecting your phone with malware.

Report texting scam attempts to your wireless service provider by forwarding unwanted texts to 7726 (or “SPAM”).

You can place your phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry.

These text messages may be illegal. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC),

It’s illegal to send unsolicited commercial email messages to wireless devices, including cell phones and pagers unless the sender gets your permission first. It’s also illegal to send unsolicited text messages from an auto-dialer — equipment that stores and dials phone numbers using a random or sequential number generator.

To file a complaint with the FCC, click here.


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