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Fake Walmart Satisfaction Survey Could Prove Costly to Recipients

Fake Walmart Satisfaction Survey Could Prove Costly to Recipients - The Beacon


By: Beth

Fake Walmart Satisfaction Survey Could Prove Costly to Recipients

Thanks to our friends at the St. Louis BBB for informing us of a scam that reemerging in their area. We are passing this along to our readers in an attempt to help area residents avoid falling victim! Read below for the full article.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers to beware of a scam that claims to be an online satisfaction survey from the retailing giant Walmart, but instead is an attempt to steal personal credit information.

The scheme, which first became public two years ago and has been sent to St. Louis area consumers in recent days, announces in an e-mail that you have been selected to access the Walmart 2 Steps Survey and win a $150.00 gift certificate.  A link then takes the recipient to a nine-question survey called How do we rate? and a second page that asks for such information as social security number, credit card number, a three-digit card verification number and the name of the bank issuing the card. 

A St. Louis area businessman said he received the survey in his e-mail last week.

Michelle Corey, president and CEO of the BBB, notes that the company has disavowed any involvement with the survey.  It is a sick trick, pure and simple, she said, although it has every appearance of being legitimate.

Andy Hough, owner and manager of Handyman Connection of St. Louis, a Fenton-based home repair and remodeling company, said the survey initially had him fooled.  It looks like Walmart, he said of the link.  It’s very professionally done; it looks credible.  He said the request for personal and credit information sounded warning signals, but said of the scammers, they’re going to get somebody. 

A company spokesperson for Walmart told the BBB that her company never asks for credit card details or social security numbers as part of its survey forms.  She also said company surveys require that a customer enter a number from a Wal-mart receipt. She asked that anyone receiving a bogus survey forward it to

The BBB offers the following advice to consumers hoping to avoid online scams:

If you feel you may be the victim of a scam, contact your BBB. 

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Beth was Director of BBB Services and wrote for the consumer education blog from 2008 to 2011. Beth also managed projects of the Tri-State Better Business Bureau Foundation, including the Student of Integrity Scholarship and senior citizen education programs, and she worked with local charities as a part of our charity reporting service.