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Beware of bogus email from ‘Wallmart.com’

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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Police are investigating what they believe is a scam using emails designed to look like correspondence from Walmart.

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The Alexandria Police Department and the Alexandria Walmart have received numerous phone calls from residents about emails they believed were from Walmart, sometimes misspelled as Wall-Mart, regarding purchases made on their account.

The email lists purchases for such items as TVs and home appliances. The shipping addresses are for places all over the United States.

Walmart and the police believe the emails are a phishing scam -- an attempt to solicit personal information from unsuspecting users by employing social engineering techniques.

Phishing emails are crafted to appear as if they have been sent from a legitimate organization or known individual. They often try to entice users to click on a link that will take the user to a fraudulent website that appears legitimate.

The user then may be asked to provide personal information, such as account usernames and passwords, that can further expose them to future compromises.

The emails the police have seen show an email address of “Wallmart.com.” There are no reports of financial loss by Walmart or email recipients.

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