Don't fall for fake store surveys
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
North Carolina residents have recently gotten bogus emails that claim they can make $250 by taking a member satisfaction survey for Walmart or other stores. The emails ask consumers to complete a survey and give their bank account information so the money can be credited to their account. These emails look legitimate because they use logos, copyright symbols and real-looking web addresses, but in fact the surveys are fake and the emails are designed to steal your personal information and your money.
To protect yourself from this scam and other phishing
- Beware of anyone who contacts you seeking personal information. Legitimate companies will not call you or email you to ask for sensitive information such as your bank account number.
- Never click on links in an email that your receive from someone you don’t know. These links can potentially download harmful viruses to your computer.
- If you reply to a phishing email, contact your bank and credit card companies as soon as possible.
If you have been the victim of a similar scam, please contact Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division for assistance at www.ncdoj.gov
or 1-877-566-NO-SCAM toll free within North Carolina.