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PHISHING SCAM – ‘Unclaimed Walmart Vouchers’ Notification Email

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Email claims that the ‘Walmart Reward Server’ has identified the recipient’s email address as being linked to $500 worth of unclaimed Walmart vouchers.

Brief Analysis

The email is not from Walmart and the recipient has not been rewarded with any vouchers. The message is a phishing scam designed to trick users into giving sensitive personal information to online criminals. Do not click any links in these fraudulent emails.

Example

Subject: Your Walmart Voucher

Dear Customer,

Our Walmart reward server has identified this email [removed] to have
500 dollars worth of unclaimed walmart vouchers.

It has been difficult to send this vouchers to you because you have not confirmed your records correctly on our server.

Please,carefully follow the link below and fill in all fields correctly to have your vouchers posted to your mailbox.
[Link removed] 

Thank you for chosing Walmart.

Tesco Personal FinanceWalmart Voucher Phishing Scam

 

Detailed Analysis

According to this message, the recipient has accumulated $500 worth of Walmart vouchers that have not yet been claimed. Supposedly, the vouchers were not sent because the recipient has not confirmed account details. The message asks people to follow a link and supply their personal information so that the vouchers can be mailed out. Inexplicably, the message signs off as being from ‘Tesco Personal Finance’.

But, in fact, the email is not from Walmart (or Tesco) and the promised vouchers do not exist. Those who click the link to claim the promised vouchers will be taken to a bogus web form that asks for their name and address details, social security number, phone number and email address. After supplying this information and pressing the ‘Submit’ button, they will be informed that the update process is complete and that the vouchers will be mailed to them in the coming days.
Alas, the vouchers will never come. And the criminals have already started accumulating personal information that may subsequently lead to identity theft and financial fraud.

The scammers now know a very valuable fact about their victims. They know that those who submitted their details are vulnerable to such ruses and are willing to comply. Thus, victims may well be directly targeted in further scams. They may receive ‘follow up’ emails that ask for more personal details and financial information such as credit card numbers. Because the scammers now have the names and other personal data belonging to their victims, they can perpetrate personalized and specifically targeted phishing attacks that may appear quite legitimate.

Using information stolen via follow up scam emails, the criminals may be able to hijack accounts belonging to their victims, perform fraudulent credit card transactions and commit identity theft.
The promise of unclaimed vouchers is a common scammer ruse. Be wary of any message that suggests that you can claim unexpected vouchers or gift cards by clicking a link or opening an attached file and supplying personal information.

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