US supermarket giant Wal-Mart has been the subject of recent phishing campaigns.
Trend Micro recently identified a campaign where if the recipient participated in a survey they would receive a large amount of money.
The message claims that $90 will be credited to the account of the individual if they ‘take part in our quick and easy nine questions survey,' which had ‘been sent only to a few people from our random generator'.
Trend Micro claimed that the message contains a link to the ‘survey', but identified that Wal-Mart has no such survey and is not paying potential victims of this scam $90 to answer nine questions.
It also identified warnings at the bottom of the message, such as the recording of the respondent's IP address ‘for security reasons' and the more threatening ‘deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicted'. Email messages are also marked high priority and clicking on the link leads users to the phishing site.
Trend Micro advised users not to participate in surveys that come from unsolicited messages, or from suspicious senders, in order to keep their systems safe.
Another campaign, which promises a $1,000 Wal-Mart gift card, is also being sent as spam. Although recipients may not be drawn in as easily, as a note on the message claims that the offer ‘is not endorsed, sponsored by or affiliated with Wal-Mart'.