An employee claims she received an email from her company offering a $30 fuel card, which turned out to be a phishing test.
“I got an email from my job saying all employees are getting a $30 fuel card to mitigate high gas prices (we have to drive customers around),” she said. “Why did it send me another email when I tried to sign up saying I was phished as a tester by my tech department and then assigned training???”
The tweet has nearly 13,000 retweets and 131,000 likes. In a statement to the Daily Dot, the user said she works in the healthcare industry and the email “looked legitimate” but had a “mismatch in the email address” that she didn’t notice. She did not want to name her company for fear of retaliation.
Users were angry at the company in replies to the tweet.
“Because obviously your job would never give you fuel cards or any kind of benefits,” according to one user said.
“I would only download a virus for revenge,” he said Another.
Fuel card phishing scams are on the rise, according to a Shell memo sent to Shell Fuel Rewards members, as petrol prices continue to rise across the country. It’s very common for hackers and phishing scams to follow trends, like earlier this year when Venmo users reported phishing scams when the real company was giving away money on social media.
Other people responded to the tweet with their own stories about phishing tests.
“My employer did the same thing a few months ago, but it was ‘financial support for employees who are struggling due to the pandemic’. A lot of low wage workers are struggling, it was just so insensitive,” one user wrote. “The union was angry and the IT company had to apologize.”
“During my internship, I got an email from HR saying I got a $1,000 scholarship to go to school, and I was so excited I texted my parents,” he said Another. “Turned out to be phishing and the IT rep laughed at me for falling for it.”
“My employer did this to us in December, but the email was about an annual performance bonus,” another said.
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*Initial publication: June 9, 2022 2:22 pm CDT
Jacob Seitz is a freelance journalist originally from Columbus, Ohio, interested in the intersection of culture and politics.
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