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Receipts Sent by E-mail

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How the scam works:

(with video below) You receive an e-mail from a big chain store that you purchase groceries from on a regular basis (eg. Walmart, Superstore, etc). “We are now happy to offer online your last receipt. Please find it attached to this e-mail. Thank you for shopping with us”.

Most likely the attachment will be a Zip. file, that will contain a virus, keystroke logger, or malware. Look at the domain name of the sender’s e-mail. Is it the store’s name.com or does it have extra letters and numbers (bestbuy.com or bestbuy529a5.com)?

Wtach the video below to see en explanation of this scam, as featured in the news.

Receipts Sent by Email Scam Video

How to avoid:

Never open attachments from unknown senders.

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There are 4 comments

  • On Monday, September 29, 2014, Criss wrote:

    There is another variation going around right now, so beware!! Apparently it comes from Daewoo, and the subject title is 'Proforma Invoice'. Here is the email, don't respond back!

    "Dear Sir,

    Sorry for my late reply. it was due to upgoing maintainance in our company and my email has been changed. as discussed on previous mail, kindly find the attached profoma invoice for the new order.

    Note that attached is the amended proforma invoice and design for our shipment, because price in invoice was not our agreement after the confirmation of the order. Kindly confirm that the stated prices are correct. We expect to receive the shipment of goods within the specified time on this order. Get back to us with your confirmation and your profoma for payment arrangement.

    Any questions, kindly let me know.(sheng yi xing long)means to wish you the very best of business in Chinese.

    Best regards,
    Leong Choo
    Sales Manager.
    Daewoo Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd
    Tel : +82 2 482 8190 or +8

  • On Monday, July 07, 2014, jsmall wrote:

    HI my is jimmy email you before i got another scam emial again this time this is what they said and by way calling police this time: this is what it said:

    "Having checked your Social Security Number Through our National Checking Database System, And finding out that you have been never for fraud activity, ACS has decided to give you a chance to take care of this issue outside of the court without you having a report on your credit history and ssn.

    In order to avoid a lawsuit of $3341.86 against you we request you to kindly pay the Court Restitotion Amount which is $964.78 if settle this matter today, you may be entitled to get some percentage of deduction on the restitution amout. You will have tot send us a promissory note in order to hold your case file from being sent to the court house. On a case to case basis, you may be given the solution to pay 45-55% of pending amount in the same month& a 30 days extension to settle the rest ofthe settlement amount as mutually agreed.

    As we were unable to reach you so we sending you this final notification through email. this legal matter will require your cooperation,so kindly get in touch with the department to make a payment freeze down this case." Here is phone number they send 1-315-512-2218

  • On Friday, March 28, 2014, S wrote:

    The one I received today was from Nell Cummins, pianofortesbo4@remotelight.com with a supposed cart purchase online, no details, with an amount of $344.50, a line at the end not to reply to this emails as it wont be received,but to go to their website, which, of course, is not mentioned anywhere, and an attachment zip with the Sales Receipt! It's not an email address I have ever heard of.

  • On Friday, January 11, 2013, Zimbo wrote:

    I received one of these today in my email. The receipt claims I was in a town over 500 miles away at a Best Buy yesterday and made some purchases.
    Funny but I could have sworn I was at work yesterday and not at Best Buy.
    Of course I knew better than to click on anything within the letter or receipt.
    Scammers are everywhere and need to be taken care of in the most awful way.

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