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New WhatsApp Scam Spoofs Walmart to Spam Users

Find out how this new scam works and how to avoid being a victim.

A NEW WhatsApp scam spoofing Walmart was just discovered by dfndr lab, the security research team behind PSafe. The scam promises users a free voucher from the retail giant for sharing a bogus advertisement. To be vigilant with your phone’s safety and prevent untrustworthy links from fooling you, consider downloading dfndr security and turning on the anti-hacking feature:

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Find out how this latest scam works and what you can do to stay protected.

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The Walmart scam appears as a link in a WhatsApp message that might seem to originate from a trusted friend or family member. When the link is opened, an ad prominently displays the Walmart name and logo informing you that you have been selected to receive a free $100 voucher for participating in a simple three-step process.  

First, you are asked to forward the offer on to 19 more people using the WhatsApp messenger app.  A button is provided at the bottom of the ad to connect to WhatsApp so the message can easily be opened and shared in the app. After selecting 19 friends or groups to forward the offer to, the next step instructs you to click on a button below the WhatsApp share button to redeem the voucher.  The instructions conclude by informing you that you will receive your reward after the redemption button is clicked.

Waltmart Scam
Screenshot of WhatsApp Walmart Scam

Once the “Claim Voucher” button is pressed, you are directed to a video page where a notification asks for permission for the page to access certain features of your device. This is known as a “Push Notification” and once you grant access, the page will then send more fake ads and notifications to your device instead of giving you the voucher as promised.

Scammers often use the lure of earning a quick reward to trick users into spreading malicious links and spam by spoofing major brand names to build trust. Many people assume that if they see a familiar brand that the offer is legitimate.

ONE, you should always be suspicious of any offer that sounds too good to be true and avoid clicking any ads that promise a free gift or prize simply for sharing it.  

TWO, be leery of entering any personal information into an online form and never grant permissions to your device unless it’s clear for what purpose.

THREE, If you are unsure of the legitimacy of an offer, it’s a good idea to do online research before proceeding. Reputable companies have information readily available to the public regarding legitimate promotions. If you can’t find information about an offer through official channels, then it’s probably a scam. When in doubt, contact the company directly to find out if an offer is valid.