Attorney General’s Office Warns of Phishing Scam Targeting Walmart Shoppers

Thursday, May 16, 2013

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PIERRE, S.D  -  Attorney General Marty Jackley today warned consumers to watch for emails that claim to be from the Walmart Corporation, but are actually scams designed to obtain personal identifying information.  The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division has received many examples of these email messages from across the state. The email claims that a recent purchase from walmart.com was being processed and shipped to another address.
                   
“Consumers using online shopping should be on the lookout for scam artists trying to obtain their personal information for identity theft,” said Jackley. “Avoid unsolicited emails and the links that are attached and take the extra step to contact the retailer directly with any questions.”  
 
The true Walmart website is www.walmart.com, but the look-alike sites which use a few different keystrokes, such as “wallmart”, are set up to redirect consumers to bogus websites. Once redirected to the fraudulent site the consumer will be asked to disclose personal information such as social security or bank account numbers.
 
If you have been a victim of one of these scams or need any additional information contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986 or consumerhelp@state.sd.us.