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Fake Walgreens Order Email Opens Malware Website

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Order Email purporting to be from US pharmacy retailing chain Walgreens claims that you can find more information about a recent order by clicking a link. 

Brief Analysis

The email is not from Walgreens. Clicking the link opens a website that contains malware. Criminals are sending similar malware emails that pretend to be from Costco, Walmart, and other popular stores.

Example

Subject: Thank you for buying from Walgreens
Walgreens AT THE CORNER OF HAPPY & HEALTHY
Pharmacy & Health | Poto | Shop Products
E-shop Walgreens has received an order addressed to you which has to be confirmed by the recipient within 4 days. Upon confirmation you may pick it in any nearest store of Walgreens.
Detailed order information is provided here .
Walgreens

Walgreens order malware email

 

Detailed Analysis

This email, which purports to be from US pharmacy retailing chain Walgreens, claims that the company has received an order addressed to you. Supposedly, you are required to confirm the order within four days.

The message instructs you to click a link to access detailed information about the order.

However, the email is not from Walgreens.  Clicking the link opens a compromised website that harbours malware. The malware may start downloading automatically. Or, a message on the website may ask you to download a file. If you are using a non-Windows operating system, you may receive a message noting that the software is not available for your computer.
The download will usually be a .zip file with a .exe file inside. Clicking the .exe file installs the malware.

The malware payload delivered in these campaigns may vary. Such malware can collect sensitive information from your computer and send it to criminals. It may also download further malware and allow criminals to take control of your computer. In this case, the malware may attempt to add your computer to the infamous Asprox Botnet.

Alternative versions of these fake order emails claim to be from Costco, Walmart, and several other well-known stores.

If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer