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Walmart Check Scam

Fraudsters sending fake checks threaten to steal your personal information.

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Check image and letter (linked in story) via Deseret News.


It may seem like a blessing but cash this check and you may end up cursed.

One of the latest ID theft scams targeting consumers is a letter that purports to come from Walmart that congratulates recipients on acceptance into a secret-shopper program. But Walmart doesn’t participate in such programs so fat chance you’ll see any of the enclosed fat check that bears your name. The retailer states on a fraud alerts page:

Mystery shopping, sometimes referred to as secret shopping, is where an individual is hired to “act” like a customer, and evaluate services at a business. The individual is essentially paid to shop, and then report on the experience. Walmart does NOT utilize these services.

Walmart notes how fraudsters sending fake checks have targeted its customers in the past. If you receive one, toss that thing in the rubbish right away.

Find more of our coverage on mystery shopping scams here.

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