SCAM Alert: WhatsApp and Other Messaging Service Scammers Impersonating Gummicube®

January 25th, 2024

SCAM Alert: WhatsApp and Other Messaging Service Scammers Impersonating Gummicube®

Have you received a WhatsApp message, LinkedIn message, or a message from another messaging app offering a remote work opportunity by an individual claiming to be affiliated with Gummicube?

What is the Scam?

We have been made aware of a series of fraudulent schemes involving online criminals posing as Gummicube employees and purporting to be affiliated with the Gummicube brand in an attempt to profit from unsuspecting individuals. Such fraudsters have gone as far as listing the gummicube.com URL in the signature line of their email messages. The fraudsters attempt to gain trust and defraud individuals out of money by posting fake jobs and services recruitment solicitations via WhatsApp and other messenger apps. Some scammers are offering cryptocurrency in exchange for ‘Gummicube ASO Services work’. The domains related to this fraudulent activity unlawfully infringe upon the Gummicube trademark. These fraudulent activities are part of an organized criminal effort targeting multiple companies in the App Store Optimization industry across the globe.

The only official Gummicube domains are www.gummicube.com and @gummicube.com for email. The only official Gummicube social media accounts are LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/gummicube-app-store-optimization/), Twitter (https://mobile.twitter.com/gummicube), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/gummicube/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/gummicube/). Gummicube has no company presence on WhatsApp and other messenger apps, or any other platform.

Gummicube does not recruit by offering commissions or rewards in return for data entry, app tests, reviews, or feedback in any other form. Gummicube will never solicit sensitive personal information through insecure channels like social media, email, or text messages. Additionally, we do not use WhatsApp to communicate with potential recruits or customers.

What Can I Do?

First and most importantly, don't respond or otherwise engage if you get a suspicious message. Please block the scammer, flag the message as spam, and report within WhatsApp by following the steps below.

If you believe you have fallen victim to a scam, we encourage you to do the following:

1) Report it to your local law enforcement or cybercrime agencies. If you are based in the United States, file an FBI Internet Crime Center Complaint (IC3) (https://www.ic3.gov/) and forward any phishing emails impersonating a business to the Anti Phishing Working Group (https://lnkd.in/eHgPGm42), a public-private partnership against cybercrime. If you are based in the UK: Contact Action Fraud if you think you’ve lost money or been hacked because of an online scam or fraud and you’re in England or Wales. You can report online by either signing up for an account or continuing as a ‘guest’ (https://lnkd.in/dfwc2Qa) or calling 0300 123 2040. You can also report to the Citizen’s Advice site (https://lnkd.in/gUcgA32j). If you’re in Scotland and you’ve lost money because of an online scam or fraud, report the crime to Police Scotland.

If you are based in Hong Kong: Contact the Hong Kong Police Force Technology Crime and Deception reporting site (https://lnkd.in/gecNgZ2t). Additional information is available at the Hong Kong Information Security site (https://lnkd.in/gbvC9Vwe) and at the Cyber Security and Technology Crime site (https://lnkd.in/gCePTdDA).

2) Block and report the business in violation of the WhatsApp Commerce Policy as follows:

**Report a product or service: **

  • Open your chat with the business whose product or service you'd like to report.
  • Next to the business’ name, click shopping.
  • Click the product or service you'd like to report.
  • Click menu | more options > Report product > Report Product.
  • Select an option, then click Submit.

Report a business:

  • Open your chat with the business you'd like to report.
  • Click menu | more options.
  • Click Report business.
  • You have two options:
    • To report and block the business, ensure that the check box next to Block business and clear chat is checked. Then, click Report.
    • To simply report the business, ensure that the check box next to Block business and clear chat is unchecked. Then, click Report.

Questions?

If you are unsure about a communication with us, please contact Gummicube at info@gummicube.com for additional information.

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