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Beware of "Walmart Gift Card Assignment" Scam

2018-02-28T03:07:22 -  +
Beware of "Walmart Gift Card Assignment" Scam

The "Walmart Gift Card Assignment" email below is a mystery shopper scam. This mystery shopper scam uses fraudulent offers, fake checks, and wire transfers to persuade unsuspecting consumers into sending money to fraudsters who are often located outside the U.S.

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Sample of the "Walmart Gift Card Assignment" Scam

From: Julius Wilson

Sent: Friday, February 16, 4:24 PM

How far have you gone in the completion of your first Survey evaluation because it will also be used to measure your swiftness and efficiency at work. There is a time-frame accrued for it. We advise that you find a means to complete the Survey in timely manner and send in your report because you are expected to be delegated with a new evaluation in few days, We crave your indulgence to proceed with the execution of your assignment today and get back to us with the requested report as stated in the assignment instruction that came with the Shopping packet, We shall line you up for another Survey immediately we receive your report for this current assignment because the more Survey you execute the more your wages, there have been reports about laps in the services of their management and some of their staffs.The complains are based on reports which the customers forward anonymously.

YOUR FIRST ASSIGNMENT WALMART GIFT CARD

WALMART GIFT CARD ASSIGNMENT (Steps to Take)

You are to evaluate the nearest store selling WALMART GIFT CARDS.

Visit any one of these Stores around you (ALL WALMART STORE) All Walmart Stores Sell this cards.

*Pick Five (4) WALMART GIFT CARDS with denomination of 500 each.

*Go to the register and add cash of $500 to each card -Total: 4 x $500 = $2000

AFTER PURCHASE OF CARD

1. Open the pack and peel the silver scratch-off area on the card.

2. Capture image of card front and back please do not discard the cards as

it will be used for your forthcoming assignment.

- Captured images of card front and back after scratched (Phone camera accepted)

Mystery shopping, sometimes referred to as secret shopping, is where an individual is hired to “act” like a customer to evaluate services at a business. The individual is essentially paid to shop and then report on the experience.

Fraudsters use fraudulent solicitations via mail, print, text, and e-mail to entice consumers to evaluate the retail experience, products, and services at stores, including Walmart

How the Mystery Shopper Scam Works

  • The scam artist sends a letter, e-mail solicitation or places an ad in a newspaper or on an electronic message board describing a paid, stay-at-home position in which the consumer will evaluate customer service at large retail stores—businesses with familiar names.in reality, these stores have no affiliation with the scam artist placing the ad.
  • After responding to the ad, the consumer receives an "employment packet" containing a training assignment, a list of products to purchase at different stores and a realistic-looking cashier's check, often for $2,000 to $4,000.
  • The "training assignment" is to deposit the check into the consumer's bank account, pose as a shopper and then use wire transfer to send the balance of the check's proceeds (minus the cost of the purchases and the consumer's "salary") to an address outside the United States, often in Canada.
  • The problem is that the check is fake; so when it bounces—which occurs after the money is wired—the consumer is accountable (in some cases, criminally) to the bank for the entire amount of the fake check, plus additional penalty fees. Also, in some instances, consumers are asked for personal bank account information. The company will then "deposit" money into their account for payment and funds with which to perform their Secret Shopper tasks. These consumers often then become victims of identity theft or have their accounts drained by fraudster.

Tips from Walmart on How to Detection Mystery Shopper Scam

  • These communications are often associated with fictional departments or branding initiatives with letters or e-mails coming from addresses that appear to be “Wal-Mart” or an address such as “admin@walmart.com”.
  • There is usually another email address embedded in the “From” line. You can see the embedded email address by either hovering your cursor over the “From” line in the email or in many cases by clicking the “Reply” button and seeing what is in the “To” line of the reply email. Be careful to delete the reply before sending as to not confirm your receipt of the email to the scam artists thus confirming to them that your email is active.
  • There may be multiple emails listed in the “to” line, or to “undisclosed recipients”
  • A website may be lacking Walmart branding, the Walmart Privacy Policy and the general look and feel of other Walmart websites. Other signs may include using outdated Walmart logos and branding. (e.g Walmart typed as “Wal-Mart” or “Wal«Mart”)
  • Walmart does not hire Associates to perform services on behalf of other retailers or companies.
  • Associates hired by Walmart are required to complete a hiring process, including legally required paperwork and drug testing.
  • Walmart will NEVER mail you a check and ask that you deposit it in order to purchase an item or service and keep the remainder of the amount as payment for services.

How to Protect Yourself from Mystery Shopper Scam

  • Don't open or respond to unsolicited e-mails asking you to become a mystery shopper or secret shopper.
  • Never deposit a check you receive in the mail from a "mystery shopping" company. No legitimate business will pay in advance and ask you to send back a portion of the money.
  • If you have posted your resume to an online job site, verify with the site any job solicitations you receive.
  • Don't click on or respond to online ads or Web sites offering free gift cards.
  • FYI: Walmart never solicits mystery shoppers via e-mail, mail, or any other public means
  • Remember, if it sounds too good to believe, it is!

How To Report Walmart Myst ery hopper Scams

If you suspect you have received a fraudulent e-mail claiming to be from Walmart, please forward the e-mail directly to Walmart at OnlineAbuse@walmart.com. For investigatory purposes, please do not cut and paste the e-mail into the body of the email or forward the email to us; instead, copy the entire email and send it as an attachment.

If you were a victim of fraud via the Internet, you should file a report with your local law enforcement agency along with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (ICCC). The ICCC is a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center. You can make a report with the ICCC.

For more information about the Walmart Mystery Shopper scam, please click here.

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  • Posted: May 19, 2018 9:07 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Bradenton, Florida, United States

    Received a cashier's check in the mail from an unknown business...taking to police... It was for assignment at Wal-Mart

    delete


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