A large number of emails that promise recipients Walmart credit worth $75 (57 EUR) have been seen landing in inboxes in the past few days. The shady notifications are part of a phishing campaign designed to trick users into handing over sensitive information.
“Wal-Mart Stores, Inc will add credit to your account just for beeing out customer. You have been chosen by wall-mart online department to claim you prize. This prize has been sent only to a few people from our random generator!. Please download, fill out and submit the form, and claim your 75,” reads the message
The “fortunate winner” is urged to download a form whose completion is allegedly necessary in order to claim the prize.
The form contains fields such as name, credit card type, card number, expiration date, verification number (CVV), address, country, telephone, social security number, date of birth and mother’s maiden name.
It’s clear that the individuals who run the scam can use the data not only to make fraudulent purchases, but also for other types of schemes, including spam campaigns and identity theft.
Internet users are advised to stay clear of such fake promises. Take a good look at an email before rushing to comply with its demands.
In this particular scenario, the way the notification is worded is a clear indication that it’s not a legitimate Walmart campaign. As we noted on previous occasions, companies are highly aware of these fraud attempts and that’s why they would never ask their customers to supply credit card data and other sensitive information.
Whenever you come across a webpage that requires your social security number and payment card details you can be certain that a cybercriminal is involved.
If you want to learn about legitimate Walmart offers, you can check out the company’s official website or its Facebook page