ALERT! – Email Phishing Scam Targets Walmart Customers – ALERT!

Published On August 14, 2016 | By Tom Huskerson | Alerts

1407955691000-Walmart-LogoWalmart customers have been receiving unsolicited password recovery emails pop-ups in their inboxes. And Walmart is warning its customers that something phishy is going on. Walmart believes the emails are an advanced operation to an ambitious phishing attack on Walmart users.

A Walmart spokesperson confirmed an increase in password recovery emails from someone. Walmart doesn’t believe any accounts have been compromised…yet. Walmart thinks that a hacker or hackers are using Walmart’s password recovery system to prepare for a future phishing attack.

Walmart’s password recovery system works is like most others; the user enters an email address, and the system sends a recovery code to that email address. However, unlike some others, Walmart’s system will actually confirm if there is a Walmart account associated with that email.

A spokesperson for Walmart said; “The hackers are likely using the system to validate emails, confirm whether they have a Walmart account. They are probably preparing for a future phishing attack.”

If a hacker can verify that an email address does have a Walmart account they can create a fake or replica email that appears to come Walmart. The email asks the user to click on a link and log in with their ID. Once they do the hacker captures their username and password allowing them to access the Walmart account.

Walmart customer are warned to be extremely careful if you recieve such and email because they are coming from a legitimate Walmart.com email account. The best measure you can take is to change your Walmart password and maybe the email on the account and keep a close eye on your credit card.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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