What is a Brushing Scam?

How does it work?

Brushing is a fraudulent strategy used by scammers to fabricate orders and deliver them, often to manipulate order metrics and generate counterfeit reviews. Receiving packages as part of this scheme generally does not imply a compromise of personal information, especially if the items are of low value.

However, if expensive items, such as electronics, are unexpectedly received, it may suggest a compromised account, where unauthorized purchases are made using stolen credit cards and shipped to the victim’s address. It’s crucial for individuals to review their account activity, particularly archived orders, to detect and address potential security breaches.

How can you stay safe?

To prevent brushing scams, regularly monitor your online accounts for any suspicious activity or unexpected orders. Additionally, enable two-factor authentication and use strong, unique passwords to secure your accounts against unauthorized access. Always scrutinize the website address before interacting with it, as scammers often replicate the appearance of genuine sites. 

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