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Innocent Internauts are Targeted by E-mails Imitating Wal-Mart

Email supposedly to be from Wal-mart, a renowned American retail chain, and declaring that the receiver has been shortlisted a prize of $75 are presently hidden across the internet, warns hoax-slayer.com dated May 21, 2012.

Having the subject as "Account to credit your 75$ reward", the fake email reads as: dear Wal-Mart customers, Wal-Mart stores, Inc will add credit to your account as you are our customer. You have been shortlisted by Wal-Mart online department to claim your prize. Through random generator, this prize has been rewarded to few people only. "Kindly download, fill out and submit the form, claim $75."This email ends on behalf of Wal-Mart.

The fields such as Name, Credit card type, card number, expiration date, Card verification value (CVV), Address, country, telephone, social security number , date of birth and mother's maiden name are included in the form.

It's obvious that the data will not only use for fraudulent purchases but also for spam campaign, identify theft by the scam runner, explained by security experts analyzing the phishing campaign.

Internet users are advised to stay clear of such fake promises. Take a good look at an email before obey its demand.

In the particular situation, the way the notification is worded is a clear mark that's its not a legal Wal-Mart campaign. As noted by security experts on earlier campaigns, companies are very much familiar with these types of fraud attempt and that's why they would never ask to submit their credit card data and other sensitive information.

Expert says internauts that whenever they found such webpage that ask for social security number and payment card details they can be confident that cybercriminals are involved.

Moreover, according to the security expert these scam emails can be recognized by their poor spelling and grammar, for example in the above mentioned case Wal-Mart is misspelled by wall-mart, and also by the total lack of entry details or terms and conditions. If an internaut receives such a message, kindly not open any attachment or any links, suggested by security experts.

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