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Beware of bogus e-mail from 'wallmart.com'

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Echo Press
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Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
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56308

If you receive an unusual e-mail from Walmart, beware. It could be a scam.

The Alexandria Police Department and the Alexandria Walmart have received numerous phone calls from residents about e-mails they've received from Walmart, sometimes misspelled as Wall-Mart, regarding purchases made on their account.

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The e-mail lists purchases for such items at TVs and home appliances. The shipping addresses are for places all over the Unites States.

Walmart and the Alexandria Police Department believe that these e-mails 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 advise 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 Walmart.

The e-mails that the police department have seen show an e-mail address of "Wallmart.com." So far there are no reports of financial loss by Walmart or recipients of the e-mails.

The Alexandria Police Department and Alexandria Walmart have been in contact and are working together on this situation, according to Chief Rick Wyffels.

According to Walmart, this has been a nationwide occurrence and surfaced in central Minnesota last week. People who have received these e-mails should delete them, not open or respond to the e-mail.

The case is under investigation.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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