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Scam emails supposedly from Sam’s Club recently have wormed their way into inboxes across the country. One of the fake messages invites consumers to answer a bogus 30-second survey for a chance to win a $1,300 Apple laptop or other prize.

After three emails that highjacked the warehouse retailer’s name were shown to Sam’s Club, spokesperson Erin Hulliberger told AARP that the company had not sent them. The big-box store sends emails only from addresses ending with “@SamsClub.com,” she said.

The emails shown to Sam’s Club, which were sent in September and October, came from different email accounts from impostors. The messages were phishing emails, Hulliberger said, so recipients should report them to the company and, out of caution, change their Sam’s Club password.

In a phishing attack, cybercriminals try to grab people’s sensitive data by using fraudulent solicitations in emails and on websites. Typically, the crooks masquerade as a representative of a legitimate business or pose as a reputable person, launching thousands of phishing attacks every day — “and they’re often successful,” the Federal…

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