Vimeo Phishing Scam

Wonder Woman contacts me about a non-existent video.

I have a Vimeo account. At least I think I do. I’m not sure. I don’t use the service.

Yet today, I got email messages from six people on Vimeo with basically the same content:


Brenda Carter just sent you a message on Vimeo:

” Hi,
I found your video on (video-sharing site),
can we publish link to your video in our newspaper?

Thank you,
Brenda Carter, journalist
The Washington Post (

If you want to reply:

Brenda Carter’s profile on Vimeo:

PhishingPretty amazing when you consider that I never uploaded a video to Vimeo.

Also amazing is how many Washington Post journalists liked my non-existent video: six so far today!

Of course, when you point to the Reply and Profile links, they don’t go to the destinations indicated. I didn’t click them. I don’t want to find out what happens. I just want to warn you that this is a scam. Spread the word.

My big challenge today is to find out if I really do have a Vimeo account and, if I do, to turn off notifications — or, better yet, close the account. I’ll also set up Mail to file future messages from Vimeo as spam.

It never ends.

Folks: don’t click links in email messages from people you don’t know.

8 thoughts on “Vimeo Phishing Scam

  1. Hi Maria,

    I also got two of those today. Like you I didnʻt remember setting up a Vimeo account. I wonʻt for long.



    • You know, it seemed right when I wrote it, but I realized later it was wrong. Still, I kept it in there to see if anyone would notice. Good work. Glad someone is paying attention.

      You’re right about the actress name, but wasn’t Wonder Woman’s real name “Brenda” something? Can’t remember.

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