Consumers Warned of Fake Business Emails

An article in the Boston Globe this morning discusses a data breach that occurred at Epsilon recently, exposing possibly millions of consumer emails and names. While no sensitive information was exposed, the data thieves could use the information to send consumers targeted phishing emails aimed at getting hold of their credit card or account information.

Epsilon, a marketing company, has such big name clients as L.L. Bean, Best Buy, and Walgreen, and sends out more than 40 billion emails annually for more than 2,500 clients. See their press release notice, which notes as of yesterday that only 2% of total clients are affected.

Consumers should be on the alert that unusual emails from these clients may be fake. If you receive an email asking for personal information, delete it. No reputable company will ever ask for this information. You can check the client company’s legitimate website for information on what data might have been exposed and what they’re doing about it, by typing in their URL in your browser’s address bar.

Update: A list of clients impacted is included here.

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