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Wal-Mart scammed into selling PlayStation 4 for $90

Sarah Whitten  November 18, 2014

Customers have misused Wal-Mart’s price-match promotion to obtain $400 PlayStation 4 consoles for less than a quarter of the retail price using third-party sellers on Amazon.

The company announced on Nov. 13 that it would price-match select online retailers, including

However, any Amazon member with a registered selling account can create authentic–looking pages and list items “for sale” online. Consumers need only take a screen capture of the page and show it to a cashier at checkout in order to request the price match.

Wal-Mart’s online price match policy states, “We’re committed to providing low prices every day, on everything. So if you find a current lower online price from an online retailer on an identical, in-stock product, tell us and we’ll match it.”

Few employees appear to have verified the legitimacy of these online deals as many customers were able to purchase gaming systems for $90.

The scam seems to have been initiated after Sears accidentally listed several Nintendo consoles on its site for $60, according to Consumerist, a consumer advocacy site.

Members of Twitter and Reddit communities have posted pictures of receipts documenting that Wal-Mart had accepted these fake Amazon listings.

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The Walmart secret shopper scam

I received an email concerning an unsolicited secret shopper opportunity.  See the following from Walmart’s website concerning this scam:

Below is the message I received from Walmart (aka if you roll over the WALMART address with your mouse}:

We are accepting applications from qualified individuals to become Secret-Shopper.
Sent By:
WALMART   On:Sep 09/15/14 6:39 PM
To: Recipients
Reply to:

There is no charge to become a shopper and you do not need previous experience.
After you sign up, you will have access to training materials from us.
Should you interested, your wages would be US $200 per assignment.
No commitment is made on this job and you would have flexible hours.
At least 2 evaluations a week will be assigned to you, this is
a part time job and we think this job suits you. We will provide you the
money for all of your evaluations.
Money order/Payment check would be in a certain amount which you
would be required to Cash at your Bank, then deduct your salary and
have the rest used for the evaluation at the store that would be given
to you for evaluations.
Provide the following information if you interested and we will get back
shortly with an your assignment.
1. Your Name (first/last):, 2. Your Address:, 3. City, State,
& Zip Code:, 4. A g e:, 5. Occupation:, 7. Phone
We are waiting your good response, Thank you.
James Morgan
Head of Recruitment
SS-Network @2014


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Canadian paid surveys scam

Last updated: July 19, 2013 12:09 p.m.

Walmart evaluation letter is a scam, police say

The Journal Gazette Fort Wayne, IN

The New Haven Police Department issued a warning Friday, saying that New Haven and Fort Wayne residents are getting scam letters in the mail, asking them to evaluate their local Walmart store.

The scheme asks them to inspect the store, fill out the form and then cash the check that comes with it. The residents are asked to keep a portion of the money and send the rest in the form of a money order to a person named in the letter.

The police department said the check is fraudulent and that your bank will hold you responsible for that amount.

The letter’s title says “Canadian Paid Surveys.”

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