Walmart giving away a free 85% coupon to Facebook users in order to celebrate shopping week is a scam. There is no truth to a coupon giveaway hitting Facebook. This version claims that giant US retail chain Walmart is giving everyone a free 85% off coupon as a means of celebrating shopping week.
Hoax Slayer reports that the false post instructs a social media user to share and comment on a promotional video, like the associated Facebook Page, and click a link to register your entry. To show that this post is a fake, the post has a social media user visiting a misspelled version of the Walmart website. It also asked users to “like” and “share” the phony post.
However, the post is completely fraudulent.
This post is not associated with Walmart and those who participate have no chance of actually getting the promised coupon. The post is designed to manipulate and trick social media users into spamming their Facebook friends and submitting their personal information on scam survey sites.
Facebook scammers are increasingly using video as a means of reaching even more victims.
Here is what the scam post looks like:
Walmart is giving Free 85% off Coupon to Everyone today to celebrate Shopping Week
Share & Comment “Thanks Walmart” on this video to get your coupon. Once Your share & comment is confirmed we will send your coupon to your inbox within 5 hours.
Register your entry at [link to scam website removed]
Don’t Forget to Like us.
This Facebook live post has been viewed more than 340,000 times.
Here are some examples of people sharing the Walmart scam on social media.
Walmart is Giving Away 85% OFF coupon to celebrate Shopping Week (2017) ! https://t.co/A1NeZl6qbV
— Debbie Elliott clark (@Debbiesuesmiles) July 14, 2017
— Erica Kane Campbell (@Eryckakayne) July 14, 2017
Walmart is Giving Away FREE 85% OFF coupon to celebrate Shopping Week (2017) ! https://t.co/3KKmNAasUL
— Cordia St. Clair (@TGIFridays09) July 14, 2017
Walmart is Giving Away FREE 85% OFF coupon to celebrate Shopping Week (2017) ! https://t.co/RXF2bg3HbE
— Roberto Hernandez (@rbhdez) July 14, 2017
Walmart is Giving Away 85% OFF coupon to celebrate Shopping Week (2017) ! https://t.co/YAU9niL0RL
— N’Spiration Magazine (@NSpirationMag) July 14, 2017
Walmart ‘Free 85% Off Coupon’ Facebook Scamhttps://t.co/JrrhvGFQYQ
— causality.io (@causalitydotio) July 14, 2017
Walmart is Giving Away FREE 85% OFF coupon to celebrate Shopping Week (2017) ! https://t.co/eAXr39L6Q5
— ScottRevis (@ScottRevis) July 14, 2017
Walmart is Giving Away FREE 85% OFF coupon to celebrate Shopping Week (2017) ! https://t.co/DZy5SUsRPE
— ??Lauren?Pratt? (@Laurenpratt10) July 14, 2017
“We never want to see our customers get taken advantage of through any type of scam,” Walmart said in a statement. “In most cases, the rule applies that if it looks too good to be true, then it is. We encourage customers with any questions to ask a salaried member of management within their store.”
Walmart has an in-depth page that explains how scammers target their shoppers and how to spot frauds. You can find Walmart’s fraud alert page here.
What did you think of the Walmart scam promising a 85% coupon? Did you believe it or see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.
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