Here's yet another reason to create a separate email account just for mailing lists and offers, to avoid compromising your regular email account.
The Walgreens email marketing list was stolen and used to send out realistic-looking spam that asked recipients to enter their personal information into a Web page controlled by hackers.
No prescription information or other health information was stolen, the company said — the criminal only managed to pilfer customer e-mail addresses.
But even customers who had opted out of receiving marketing materials via e-mail from Walgreens had their addresses stolen in the heist. That means the firm stores customers' e-mail addresses even after they ask not to participate in e-mail marketing.
From the letter sent to customers by the Walgreens Customer Service Team:
Always be cautious when opening links or attachments from unsolicited third parties. Also know that Walgreens will not send you emails asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. So if ever asked for this information, you can be confident it is not from Walgreens.
If you have any questions regarding this issue, please contact us at 1-888-980-0963. We take your privacy very seriously, and we will continue to work diligently to protect your personal information.