Receipts Sent by E-mail
Emailed Receipts Scam: How It Works
What's your favorite store you shop at? Be careful about the latest scam happening these days, the Emailed Invoice Scam. In this article you will learn how the scam works, how to avoid it, and how to report it. Feel free to submit names of any potential scammers in the Comments section at the bottom. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see the Emailed Invoice scam, exposed:
You receive an email from a big chain store that you purchase groceries from on a regular basis (eg. Walmart, Costco, K-Mart, Aldi, Whole Foods, Superstore, etc). "Hope you enjoyed your last shopping experience at our store. We are now happy to offer your last receipt. Please find it attached to this e-mail. Thank you for shopping with us".
The attachment is a Zip. file, that contains a virus, keystroke logger, or malware.
Emailed Receipts Scam: How To Avoid
Never open attachments from unknown senders. Even it is says the name of the brand you're familiar with, carefully inspect the brower to spot any mistakes in spelling of the website.
Look at the domain name of the sender's email. Is it [the store's name.com] or does it have extra letters and numbers (bestbuy.com or bestbuy529a5.com)?
Fully ignore the zip. files that arrive into your inbox, regardless where they're coming from. Unless you are expecting one, don't open it. Delete and feel good about it.
Emailed Receipts Scam: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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