PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley warned consumers Thursday to be wary of emails claiming to be from the Walmart Corporation, because they may be scams targeting personally identifying information.
Jackley's Consumer Protection Division recently received many examples of fraudulent email messages from throughout South Dakota. The emails claim that a recent Walmart.com purchase was being processed and shipped to a different address.
"Consumers using online shopping should be on the lookout for scam artists trying to obtain their personal information for identity theft," Jackley said. "Avoid unsolicited emails and the links that are attached and take the extra step to contact the retailer directly with any questions."
The actual Walmart website is www.Walmart.com, but the look-alike websites use several different keystrokes, such as "Wallmart." Scam artists have set up the websites to redirect consumers to a bogus website. After customers are redirected to the fake website, they will be asked to disclose personal information like their bank account numbers or social security numbers.