Walmart Text Scam Involving Free Gift Cards

Walmart Text Scam Involving Free Gift Cards

Walmart text scams involving free gift cards have been reported by many online users. The text messages promise free $1000 Walmart gift cards for the first 1000 users who go to a link and enter a code. This type of scam is known as “smishing”, a type of “phishing” scam where the scammer sends you a text message, instead of an e-mail. If you click on the link in the text message, you’ll be required to provide personal information such as your credit card number or social security number before you can claim any gift card. The scammers then use this information to steal your identity.

A Sample Walmart Text Scam

“You have been randomly selected for a Walmart gift. Get your $1,000 gift card at [link removed].”

Walmart does not offer gift cards via text messages, phone calls, online advertisements on websites that are not a site, or through social media sites for “likes” or sharing a post. Walmart will only call or text you with offers if you opt-in to receive such messages. Walmart will never ask you to email personal information such as:

  • Passwords
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Bank account details
  • Credit card numbers
  • Other financial information

Walmart will not make unsolicited calls or send emails asking for such information. However, for fraud prevention purposes, Walmart customer service may ask for you to verify personal information such as address or telephone number, that you have previously provided.

Signs of Fraud

The surveys we describe above are our legitimate surveys. Scammers may try to imitate Walmart to gain access to your personal information. The following are signs of fraudulent surveys:

  • Poor grammar
  • Poor spelling
  • Outdated logos or branding (e.g. use of Wal-Mart or WAL-MART, instead of Walmart)
  • There is often fine print disclosing that the offer is not associated with the brand listed
  • To receive the “free” gift card you are asked to complete several steps and to request that several of your friends complete the same steps

How to Protect Yourself

  • Don't open or respond to unsolicited e-mails, internet pop-up ads, or text messages indicating you’ve won a gift card or asking that you complete a survey.
  • Don't click on or respond to online ads or web sites offering free gift cards.
  • Remember, if it sounds too good to believe, it is!

If you were a victim of fraud via the internet, you should file a report with your local law enforcement 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 by going to the following link: ICCC.

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  • October 24, 2020 at 5:53 PM by an anonymous user from: Tucson, Arizona, United States

    Ha, they are back at it. I just got a text from them offering $500 weekly for 10 minutes of secret shopping. Glad I looked this up. Always too good to be true.

  • July 18, 2020 at 7:59 AM by an anonymous user from: Vero Beach, Florida, United States

    I received the scam on my phone it came 937 404 6972 with a code number 325 Thank you for letting me know. Joe

  • June 27, 2020 at 2:14 PM by an anonymous user from: Powell Butte, Oregon, United States

    Here is the text message scam I Got Just Today, And Yesterday I Was At Wal-Mart Good-day,

    "@Ebay-Walmart is Offering a Part-Time Job Opening to an individual in Your locality. You will be paid $480 two-times weekly(10mins daily). You get paid Just recording/oberserving any store nearest to you. Click the Link hxxps:// to APPLY Now"

    THIS AN OBVIOUS SCAM and I Have more Text Message Scams Check These Out As I Am Grant programs provide financial assistance

    Unlike loans, you do not need to repay

    they are awarded by organizations...

  • December 24, 2019 at 3:17 PM by an anonymous user from: Mt Pleasant, Wisconsin, United States

    I also received a text today. On MY phone informing my HUSBAND(first name only) that he was one of 7 randomly selected to receive a $1,000 gift card. He had been to Walmart yesterday, code did not match that on his receipt. Scam I'm sure.

    • January 30, 2020 at 2:13 PM by an anonymous user from: Broken Bow, Oklahoma, United States

      Got the EXACT same one today. My phone for my husband... Can't they just leave us alone? Quit wasting my dang time!

  • December 24, 2019 at 11:49 AM by an anonymous user from: Yadkinville, North Carolina, United States

    I received a text that is from 1-805-869-3777 saying that I won the $1,000 gift card promotion. My code is P5Z-X9T8. hxxp://

  • December 23, 2019 at 1:33 PM by an anonymous user from: Tallahassee, Florida, United States

    Got the same text stating that my receipt had a code F5R-V2M9 and I was chosen as one of 7 winners to receive a $1000.00 free Walmart gift card. To receive the gift card, you have to answer about 1,000 marketing questions, to which the scammer forwards to these to marketers and receive financial compensation from the marketers, but you never get your gift card. It is a scam so beware.

  • December 13, 2019 at 6:43 PM by an anonymous user from: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

    I received this scam text today

    "Congrats Freddy! Your code P6R-H8V7 printed on your last receipt is among 7 we randomly picked for $1000 Walmart gift card promotion hxxp:/"

    Does anybody want it, I don't.

  • December 7, 2019 at 9:10 AM by an anonymous user from: Victoria, Texas, United States

    I just received a text from 657-464-0386 stating "Your code 7SR-K9M2 printed on your last receipt is among 7 we randomly picked for $1000 Walmart gift card promotion" followed by a blue link. I believe this to be a scam! Beware

    • December 10, 2019 at 6:57 PM by an anonymous user from: Washington, District of Columbia, United States

      My husband received the same message today.

      He doesn't shop at Walmart and has no receipts. Disturbing the text uses his first name. Don't know the number. He deleted it without checking to see the number it came from.

    • December 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM by an anonymous user from: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States

      I received a text this morning stating the same - I deleted the number after sending back SCAM LOL

      Wonder how many seniors fall for this?

    • December 7, 2019 at 3:58 PM by an anonymous user from: Dallas, Texas, United States

      I just got this today as well. Creepy part is I actually went to Walmart today!

      • December 22, 2019 at 11:56 AM by an anonymous user from: Mesa, Arizona, United States

        I just got the same $1000 Walmart Gift Card promotion saying my code #V4M-X5R7 on my last receipt was one of 7 picked! I was just at Walmart and purchased a BUNCH of gift cards the same day only TWO hours before! That's very CREEPY that it seems they knew I was at Walmart!

  • December 7, 2019 at 12:33 AM by an anonymous user from: San Jose, California, United States

    I just received a text message about a free $1000.00 gift card. I always check anything advising me that I have won anything. As I suspected, this is a scam. DO NOT click on a blue link telling you to check your receipt for this scam. BE AWARE that this time of year the scam scum are out and about trying to get your hard earned dollars. If you didn't enter a contest or sweepstakes, then you DID NOT WIN.

  • November 29, 2019 at 5:41 PM by an anonymous user from: Huntsville, Alabama, United States

    so, (unknowingly) I clicked only on the initial text. My phone responded by saying "network change has occured"

    I wonder what the heck I did/could have possibly did to my phone

    Any outcomes to report from others?



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