It's always a bad idea to take part in a survey, especially one that is sent to you by email. At best, you'll get on some annoying telemarketer list. At worst, your identity could be stolen.
In one of the latest survey scams making the rounds on the Internet, a spammer is using the Wal-Mart name and logo to trick consumers into revealing sensitive information. Mike, a ConsumerAffairs.com reader from Edinburg, Virginia, first alerted us to this new incarnation.
"I received the following email today: CONGRATULATIONS!!! You have been chosen by Wal-Mart online department to take part in our quick and easy 5 question surveys," he said.
The email promises to pay the consumer $175, just for taking part in the survey. Of course, to receive the money, the consumer must provide their credit or debit card number. And lest the consumer be concerned that their information might fall into the wrong hands, the email assures them that it will not.
Like similar spam-scams, the email bears the official Wal-Mart logo and looks official. It's anything but, and recipients should delete it immediately.