Looking through my Gmail spam folder today, I noticed many emails along the lines of the following (Note: the To address is not mine, so I’m not sure where it came from):
From: Wal-Mart Reward Points [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Saturday, June 11, 2016 10:46 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Attn:Shopper:#4498-Order Confirmation-now needed-for-your store-orders.
> Date: 06/10/2016
> > > Message #:13151
> > > Your Package Information. For Shopper #: 14593 – – (1) New Delivery-Notification/Message
Your shopper bonus-points, will be-expiring if not claimed-by the end of the day on 06/15/16.
Please follow the link below where you will be presented with an optional customer/shopper survey. If you respond to this-survey, $100 in store reward-points will be awarded to you.
Simply Go Here Now to Confirm-Your Points <https://t.co/an1xrNVWVH>
> > > >Don’t Forget – Ends on 06/15/2016
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…You may easily end these communcations/ads here. <http://bit.ly/1UFWbsC>
.-104089 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
The first link is just the Wal-Mart logo hosted on Imgur at http://i.imgur.com/Sk6f28a.jpg
The second link redirects to the following link:
Which looks like this:
As you can see, they collect your age range, how much you use Facebook, first and last name, address, phone number, and date of birth. Technically they also gather whether you shop at Wal-Mart often, but I’d imagine this is less useful and might not even be stored as I have seen several variants of this including Costco, Outback Steakhouse, and Amazon Prime.
After submitting, they also show a few more survey steps to get additional “points”, and shown several offers (paid subscriptions or similar for their affiliates) that almost sound like they need completed to continue getting your gift card, I was redirected to yet another different sweepstakes offer at the following address:
I expect this trail would just keep continuing indefinitely, but am reminded of an article by Troy Hunt How your data is collected and commoditised via “free” online services about how this information can be used or sold. Going beyond any money made by selling your data, these instances also seem as if they are making money through affiliates as well based on the couple dozen options I was offered from their “Silver”, “Gold”, and “Platinum” groupings.
The third link is a supposed unsubscribe page.