How the scam works:
Wal-Mart is undisputedly the biggest retail giant in the world. Doing billions of dollars in annual sales each year, Wal-Mart has tried to stay on the forefront of shopping trends.
Their newest option for fuss-free shopping is the “scan and go” shopping option. By using this option, you may shop online or with their downloadable shopping app; the item you purchase is then placed in a storage locker at the store where you may retrieve it at your leisure.
This “scan and go” option is being test-marketed throughout the summer at a handful of Wal-Mart locations. However, even with that limited number of locations participating, scammers are finding an in to try and bilk customers out of their hard-earned cash.
Victims are receiving a receipt via invoice geneartor email for a high-dollar item that they did not purchase. They are then being asked to “verify” their credit card information in order to receive a confirmation for delivery of the item to the storage locker location. They are asking for this verification in two ways: one, a phone call with the credit card information, and two, clicking a link in the email which takes one to their website, which, if looked at closely, is www.wallmart.com, not www.walmart.com, which is the official Wal-Mart website.
How to avoid:
Any time you receive an email regarding a purchase you know you did not make, that is a red flag. Never provide personal information in any unsolicited email. Be wary of completing forms in email messages that require the input of personal information. If you do choose to click a link to a website, be sure the web address matches up with the “official” web address (which can be found by doing a Google search). Lastly, confirm the email you receive with the actual retailer; often you will find you are avoiding a scam by doing so. Stay away from this Walmart invoice generator scam!
How to report:
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