Nova Scotia

Email scam making rounds

There's an email scam making the rounds offering $150 to answer survey questions that appear to come from the world's largest retailer — Wal-Mart.

There's an email scam making the rounds offering $150 to answer survey questions purported to come from the world's largest retailer — Wal-Mart.

Halifax Regional Police say it's a very sophisticated attempt to steal your personal information.

The Halifax newsroom of the CBC received an email this week with an invitation to take part in a customer satisfaction survey.

When the recipient clicks on the survey link, they're taken to a site that looks very much like a legitimate Wal-Mart site. In fact, all of the links in the email go to legitimate Wal-Mart web pages.

When the user clicks the continue button at the bottom of the survey page, it takes them to a second page that supposedly sets them up for a $150 credit.

The site then requests information from the participant, including birthdate, social insurance number, driver's licence number and credit card information.

This gives scammers several ways to access personal information, use a person's credit card or request new credit cards or loans.

A spokesperson for Wal-Mart Canada confirmed the company is not behind the phony survey.

Halifax Regional Police say it's definitely a phishing scam, but they haven't heard of anyone in this area who has been taken in by it.

 

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