PORTLAND -- Authorities warned Thursday of a scam involving an email from "Wallmart.com" that attempts to gather personal information from its recipients.
The subject line of the email reads "Thanks for your Walmart.com Order," but the name of the sender is misspelled. After receiving several complaints about the scam, the West Linn Police Department sent out a tweet Thursday morning:
One victim told KGW she received the email and clicked on a link inside it, hoping to let Walmart customer service know she hadn't placed any orders with them.
"Clicking on that link caused my computer to issue all kinds of warnings that a program was attempting to retrieve all of my stored passwords, etc. I removed that program and am hoping no damage was done," she said.
Walmart issued the following statement:
There was a false email sent to a number of people this morning claiming to be from Walmart.com. This email looks like a confirmation of a purchase made on Walmart.com, but is actually a phishing email attempting to gather information from the recipient. Again, this email is not from Walmart.com and it is important that recipients DO NOT click on any links in the email or respond in any way. We are investigating the source of the email and working with appropriate authorities. For more details, visit the Walmart.com Help Center.