'Shein' email warning as Gmail and Yahoo users urged to avoid tempting offer

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 26: A waiter and a donkey with clothes during the opening of Shein's ephemeral store, at ABC Serrano, on 26 April, 2024 in Madrid, Spain. The Shein store opens its doors from tomorrow, April 27, until May 5, becoming the largest 'pop-up store' to date in Spain, with 900 square meters. Shein, founded in 2012, currently operates in more than 150 countries around the world and has key operations centers in Singapore, China and the United States. (Photo By Alejandro Martinez Velez/Europa Press via Getty Images)
The email scam targets Shein fans -Credit:Europa Press via Getty Images

Gmail and Yahoo users have been warned about a 'mystery' email that's been landing in inboxes - and the advice is to delete it immediately.

Scammers are using the popular online shopping brand Shein as bait, attempting to trick people into divulging personal details. The latest scam email creates intrigue by suggesting users have been selected to receive a "mystery SHIEN box! " which sounds enticing.

However, there is no prize. Those who fall for the scam end up handing over usernames, passwords and even bank account information to the fraudsters.

The scam email started circulating late last month, so it's wise to be vigilant if you receive anything similar. Action Fraud UK has reported more than 7,900 instances of scam emails offering free 'mystery boxes', indicating this is a common tactic used by scammers, reports the Mirror.

Consumer watchdog Which? also spotted a similar email, with recipients being told they could win a 'Shein Mystery Box!' by participating in a quick online survey.

BRAZIL - 2022/03/31: In this photo illustration the Google, Gmail and Google Maps app icons seen displayed on a smartphone screen. (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Email providers have spam protections but rogue emails can make it through -Credit:SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

"The links in these emails lead to malicious phishing websites where scammers attempt to steal your personal and financial information," explained Which?.

Most email providers such as Gmail and Yahoo now offer very good spam protection which should stop the majority of dangerous messages from arriving in your inbox.

However, some could still slip through the net so always be careful especially if you come across an email offering rewards or telling you a deal ends soon. That sense of urgency is often a red flag.

Other things to check is the address of the sender and whether they have used your real name in the message. Scammers have got very good at impersonating big brands so even if the message looks official it could still be a scam.

If you're unsure don't click - it could end up being costly.

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