Customers subscribing to Walgreen Co.’s e-mail distribution list should be on the look-out for spam directing them to another site and then asking for personal data.
According to a company spokesman, Walgreens became aware of “unauthorized access” to its e-mail list, “about a week ago,” and began notifying subscribers this morning.
“Only email addresses were obtained,” the spokesman said. He said no other personal information such as prescriptions were accessible to the perpetrator. He declined to provide the number of e-mails accessed, or to name the source of the unauthorized access.
“We’re working with the appropriate authorities on it right now,” he said. “But we felt it was important to let our customers know that they may receive some spam.”
In the company’s e-mail to customers, Walgreens said, “We are sorry this has taken place and for any inconvenience to you.”
The company advised customers of “an increase in attacks on e-mail systems,” and advised caution,” when opening links or attachments from unsolicited third parties.”
The company also invited consumers with further questions to call (888) 980-0963.