According to posts currently appearing on Facebook, Walmart is giving away TVs to people who share the posts and add the comment “done”.
Supposedly, the TVs being given away were slightly damaged during transit and can not be sold. The posts include images depicting the TVs and a cutoff date for participating.
A follow-up post instructs you to verify your entry by clicking the Sign-Up button on top of the page.
The posts come from a Facebook Page that purports to be associated with Walmart and features the Walmart logo.
Instead, the posts are a typical Facebook giveaway scam designed to trick you into divulging your name and contact information on suspect websites.
By sharing and commenting, you are helping to promote the scam across Facebook. This allows the scammers to gain more and more victims.
And, clicking the Sign-Up button opens a bogus confirmation page that will automatically redirect you to another website. Once on the site, you will be told to enter your personal details, ostensibly in order to verify your entry and go in the draw for further prizes.
But, your information will then be shared with dodgy marketing companies who will flood you with unwanted emails, phone calls, text messages, and letters touting a range of products and services. And, no matter how many sites you sign up on, you will never get to claim your free TV.
The scammers who created these fake TV giveaway posts will make money when people give their information on one of the scam websites. After the supposed cutoff date has come and gone, new versions of the scams with new cutoff dates will likely appear.
Scams like this are very common on Facebook. Be wary of any claim that a company is giving away products because they have been damaged or the packaging has been opened or “unsealed“. This is simply not how things work in the real world.
For the record, the genuine Walmart Facebook Page, which features Facebook’s blue “verified” icon, makes no mention of the supposed TV giveaway.
Screenshots of the scam posts: