There’s an email purporting to be from COSTCO, claiming to offer a free $500 gift card if you qualify. Once you qualify, which everyone usually does, you are taken to an online form to enter personal identifiable information in order to receive your gift card.

This is a phishing scam that sells and or distributes your personal information to other 3rd party marketing services. The information you share can also be used to steal your identity. The email comes from ( which obviously has no correlation with COSTCO.

Actual Email

COSTCO $500 Gift Card Scam

The email is unprofessional and will more than likely fool people into believing they’re receiving a free $500 gift card from COSTCO. If you receive an email about this offer, mark as spam and delete it.

Consumers should be very careful about free offers they receive through email during the holiday season.