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:
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!