Walmart Job Opportunity: How The Scam Works
A fake Walmart job opportunity is the newest scam in the employment industry. It is making its rounds this week and it is also known as the Job Application Walmart Scam.
Let’s say you’re looking for a job and you’re searching for ways to make money online in addition to your daily job. One day, you receive an email that seems to be featuring a great Walmart job opportunity. It sounds like this: “You have been selected to apply for this job. It’s easy, fun, well paid and no experience is required. For information about this position, click here on the job application, Walmart wants you!”
You are all in. After you sign-up, somebody contacts you to validate your position. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see in detail the Walmart Job Opportunity scam exposed, which revolves around the mystery shopper fraud concept:
The Mystery Shopper job in itself is a fantastic opportunity, and the Walmart one seems to be the same. All you have to do is to visit a business location as a hidden customer, use its services (dine, buy products, etc.), for the only purpose of writing a report about the service – and get paid!
After signing up for the above offer, your first paid task is to verify the quality of service at Walmart, for example, using the Western Union money transfer located inside the store. You have to write a report on how fast they are, how is their customer service, etc. Once you agree, the ’employer’ (the scammer) sends you a check for – let’s say, $1,200. Considering your job is worth $200 for the time you have spent, they ask you to deposit the full check into your account and wire back $1,000, so you can keep your fee for the job, $200. It seems easy enough, right?!
Their only stipulation is that you need to perform the Western Union job as soon as you get the check, say within 48 hours. You do as you’re told, send off the money, and write a report for your employer detailing your mystery shopping experience.
Unfortunately, a few days later, you receive your bank statement and realize that your balance is $1,000 less than it should be! Little did you know that the $1,200 check your employer sent you just bounced. The scammers told you to hurry (meaning sending back to them $1,000 quickly), knowing that in 5 business days their fake check will turn as fake or NSF.
You are now responsible for the money you wired. If you’re in overdraft, you’re also facing a fee.
Walmart Job Opportunity Scam: How to Avoid
Walmart is not offering jobs over random emails. They also warn their customers about this scam. If you look at the page that opens when you press the “click here” button in the email, you will see that the domain name is not walmart.com, but a random number or weird combination of letters and words.
Also, look at the grammar they use in their message. As you could see at the beginning of the article, “its fun” should be “it’s fun” and a “Job application Walmart” should be a “job application at Walmart”. Always do your research and work only for legitimate employers.
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Walmart Job Opportunity Scam: How To Report
Warn your family and friends about the Walmart Job Opportunity Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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