Walmart Email Gift Card: How It Works
(with video below) Wouldn’t it be nice if Walmart would send us a random $500 gift card occasionally? Oh, wait, did you just get one? It looks legitimate too, right? Sorry to burst your bubble but you might be victim of the latest scam, involving the giant retailer’s name. How does it work?
Watch the video below to see the Gift Card Scam, exposed:
Criminals send thousands of emails a day asking recipients to participate in a survey. In return, they promise a gift card worth, say, $500. The scammers also claim to be retail chains or fast food restaurant reps. They even use the real logos in their email to make it seem legitimate. The latest name used is Walmart.
Many times the subject of the email could be: “A small gift for [insert your name]” or “Claim Your $500 Walmart Gift Card Inside”. The content of the message is something along these lines (see screenshot below):
“Use this gift card at Walmart and treat yourself or your loved ones with our full range of clothing, beauty products, accessories and more, with a range of unique designs for every occasion. Before the year ends, we have started our giveaway time. Every week we randomly select 30 customers who like to shop at Walmart. And this week it is your turn. You are one of the customers who has this great chance to enjoy a $500 Walmart gift card.”
What hapens if you click on the ‘Claim now’ link? You are redirected to a pop up that reads: “Congratulations, you are the lucky visitor of the day. Please complete a short survey for a chance to win an iPhone X or a Samsung Galaxy S6“. It sounds exciting, no?
Let’s say you continue. The next page asks you to answer four questions. They are simple, typically having a multiple answer option, so you don’t even have to type anything: “How often do you use this browser?”, “Are you satisfied with it?”, or “Which other browser do you use?”.
Once you answer all, guess what happens? You get the following notification: “Congratulations, you qualified for any of the products below (iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S6. This is to say thank you for your participation (just pay $1 for the shipping).” Can you see the next step?
In order to pay the $1 shipping fee, you are required to provide a credit card number along with personal information that crooks use or sell to third parties and steal your identity.
Victims who enter personal information not only get their credit card maxed out but start receiving calls from telemarketers soon after.
Another variation of this scam is the Facebook Free Walmart eGift Card scam. Besides the survey, you are also asked to click the “Like” button and share, in order to unlock the gift card. That requirement only make you spam all your friends who might also fall victim to the Walmart scam.
Walmart eGift Card Fraud: How To Avoid
People love freebies and that’s exactly what scammers use as bait. Buy the Walmart gift card online through their official website, but first, make sure the page is authentic and not duplicated.
If reward programs are what you’re looking for and gift cards are your weakness, maybe use Swagbucks.com, which is the world’s largest free online rewards program. You get paid by doing things online which you might do anyway, such as searching the web, discover products, take surveys, watch videos or play games. You can also get free iTunes and Amazon cards. The company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.
Walmart Gift Card Online Scam: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of the Walmart eGift Card scam by sharing it on social media. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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