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 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.

"Wal-Mart will treat data collected from you in accordance with Wal-Mart's privacy policy," the email promises. "Your personal information are protected by special encryption (128-bit) which fully encrypts and protects all of your personal data. This means that all of the information that you send during the submitting process is secured. No one can intercept it, so your information is safe and kept confidential."

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.

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