June 23, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
WARNS OF FRAUDULENT E-MAIL
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. is warning Marylanders about a fraudulent
e-mail that attempts to trick consumers into giving their credit
card information and Social Security numbers.
e-mail, with the subject line "Best Buy Order Fraud Alert,"
purports to come from the BestBuy.com website's fraud department.
It claims that a recent order has been received using the consumer's
credit card information, and that Best Buy's Fraud Department has
suspicions regarding the order. The consumer is asked to visit a
special Fraud Department website to confirm or decline the transaction
by providing the correct information. The e-mail did not come from
you receive this deceptive "Best Buy Order Fraud Alert,"
do not respond and do not provide financial information to prove
this is not your order," said Curran. "If you did already
respond, contact your bank or your credit card company immediately."
real BestBuy.com website has posted a warning about the scam on
said that consumers should always be wary of e-mails that ask them
to provide personal information such as their credit card, bank
account or Social Security numbers. "Reputable companies do
not ask you to provide such information through e-mail, which is
not secure. If you have questions, contact the company by telephone
or through its official website, not through the e-mail address
or website address provided in the suspicious e-mail," he said.