Walmart Coupon: 85% Off Any Purchase to Celebrate Shopping Week-Scam!

Summary of eRumor:

A Walmart coupon that’s good for 85% off any storewide purchase began circulating on Facebook in July 2017.

The Truth:

Unfortunately, about a free Walmart coupon for 85% off isn’t a valid offer, and “shopping week” doesn’t appear to be a real thing, either.

Walmart coupon hoax was started in July 2017 by a Facebook account dubbed “Walmart USA” that is not affiliated with the company in any way. The offer appeared in a Facebook Live video post that was instantly viewed thousands of times:

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A fake Facebook account is behind false rumors about a Walmart coupon for 85% off.

Viewers were encouraged to share the video and to comment “thanks Walmart” to redeem the 85% off Walmart coupon. This is likely part of a “like farming” scam in which promises of free products are used to generate thousands of “likes” for a page so that it can then be resold at an inflated price.

As the 85% off Walmart coupon gained more and more traction on social media, Walmart released a statement making clear that it was not a legitimate offer:

“We never want to see our customers get taken advantage of through any type of scam. In most cases, the rule applies that if it looks too good to be true, then it is. We encourage customers with any questions to ask a salaried member of management within their store.”

You can report suspected scams or fraud involving Walmart to the company here. Otherwise, as a general practice, always make sure that offers come from verified social media accounts and never give out personal information over social media to avoid similar scams.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

walmart couponA fake Facebook account is behind false rumors about a Walmart coupon for 85% off.