Hackers masquerade as Best Buy to steal credit-card details

Friday, 20 June 2003, 2:15 PM EST

Best Buy moved on Thursday to limit damage from an email scam that sent potential victims to a look-alike Web site in an attempt to persuade them to give up their credit-card information.

The Minneapolis-based electronics and consumer-goods chain consulted with both the Federal Trade Commission's identity-theft group and federal and state law enforcement to try and track down those responsible for an email message that apparently started circulating on Wednesday.

"The clear message we are trying to send is it is not from Best Buy," company spokeswoman Lisa Hawks said.

The email tells a recipient that an order made on BestBuy.com used the person's credit-card information, and it asks the recipient to follow a link to the company's page for its fraud department. The link actually goes to a different Web site, which masquerades as Best Buy's site and requests personal information.

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