Local residents are being warned about a scam that's been showing up in e-mails.
The Alexandria Police Department and Alexandria Wal-Mart have received numerous phone calls from residents about e-mails they've received from Wal-Mart regarding purchases made on their account.
The e-mail shows purchases for such items at TVs and home appliances. The shipping addresses are for places all over the Unites States.
Wal-Mart and the Alexandria Police Department believe that these e-mail are a phishing scam. Phishing is an attempt by an individual or group to solicit personal information from unsuspecting users by employing social engineering techniques.
Phishing e-mails are crafted to appear as if they have been sent from a legitimate organization or known individual. These e-mails often attempt to entice users to click on a link that will take the user to a fraudulent website that appears legitimate.
The user then may be asked to provide personal information, such as account usernames and passwords, that can further expose them to future compromises.
Police advice residents to look closely at such e-mails if they receive one. The address that it's sent from is most likely spelled differently than "Wal-mart". The e-mails that the police department has seen show an e-mail address of "Wallmart.com" So far there are no reports of financial loss by Wal-mart or recipients of the e-mails.
The Alexandria Police Department and Alexandria Wal-Mart have been in contact and are working together on this situation, according to Chief Rick Wyffels.
According to Wal-Mart, this has been a nationwide occurrence and surfaced in central Minnesota in the last 24 hours. People who have received these e-mails should delete them, not open or respond to the e-mail.
This case is still under investigation.