Walmart survey gift card SCAMs and iPad 2 scam ads on Nationalsurveyboard.s3.amazonaws.com, on the phone and more…

I was on Examiner.com (a site I write for) and am truly hoping and praying in Jesus’ name they get rid of these scammy-looking pop-under ads that used to make noise and are sometimes kind of hard to close out of:

Congratulations Walmart Visitor SCAM ad says:
Congratulations! Hello visitor, you have been selected to participate in an anonymous WALMART Survey. For a limited time only, we are offering selected participants from a …

The scammers sometimes call people on the phone with fake Walmart gift card scam offers, trying to entice people to give them their credit card numbers for “shipping and handling,” but the real Walmart gift offers from completing surveys come with certified letters, says that reporter.

The website, which I don’t suggest you visit, is listed as:

http://nationalsurveyboard.s3.amazonaws.com/cx/indexns.html

And their ads use all the hallmarks of a scam that other scammers use, like pulling up someone from my area to focus on, along with countdown clock and other crap:

What the heck is this crap?

One guy called it an abusive pop-up ad and describes it as such on Safeweb.norton.com:

nationalsurveyboard.s3.amazonaws.com has an abusive pop up ad (unauthorized audio) and also asks for a mobile phone number to “claim your Wal-Mart gift card.”

Readers debate surveys like this on Scam.com.

A cache of Threat Expert mentions http://nationalsurveyboard.s3.amazonaws.com/style.css under “The data identified by the following URLs was then requested from the remote web server” followed by the terminology “Outbound traffic (potentially malicious)” preceded by a bunch of reg key additions and stuff.

I closed out of the Walmart gift card survey scam ad…

…but I find it curious that my Norton 360 soon thereafter blocked a Blackhole Toolkit website intrusion attempt on my computer. Hmmm…

Oh yeah, the scam page at http://nationalsurveyboard.com also said:
Congratulations! You have won an Apple iPad 2. Read below for details.

I clicked the X and not the okay button to get out:

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31 thoughts on “Walmart survey gift card SCAMs and iPad 2 scam ads on Nationalsurveyboard.s3.amazonaws.com, on the phone and more…

  1. I have these all the time on firefox only no other browsers that I use on my laptop. really need to get rid of it.

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  5. ironically, some scam websites offer an anti virus program that you have to download. It’s actually kind of ridiculous.

  6. I got the text message this AM from 661-332-7309. I didn’t answer, but thought about it. Glad to see there were messages out there warning against this.

  7. they are scammers. the government has cracked down on some of these sites lately — a lot based in China

  8. Thanks for the heads up.

    Jennifer Louie
    Great Falls, MT

    “I was just doing some online shopping and randomly I got a popup saying that I won. I was skeptical at first, but I signed up anyways and completed the quick survey. (Don’t forget to confirm your cell phone number via the text message pin). Long story short, four weeks later I received pre-loaded $500 visa card in the mail! Thanks!”

  9. there is no such thing as a free lunch…. just like there is no such thing as $1000 for participating in a survey……

  10. Wanda,

    lol terrorist just cant call a clel phone and it will blow up. hahahhahah
    they use it as a way to trigger a bomb, like a remote switch. it just something wireless they can use and it has to be connected to the bomb itself

    stupid american public for ya.

  11. I got suckered into this same kind of crap. Misentered toysrus.com as toysurus.com. Got a survey site with Toys R US logo pretending to be a toys r us survey. Should have known better but thought I was at toysrus.

    Called my cell phone to make sure these people didnt add a new charge on my phone.

    Got their phone call the next day as educational resources trying to sell me magazines. Get rid of them quick tell them no, no, no. They will try to put a charge on your phone. Then you will have a hell of a time getting rid of them.

    Terry

  12. That just happened to me, but with the name Jennifer Layton & Jesse Wong. I looked around the web and found out that there are no “Jennifer”s in my area. Then I found this website – thank you so much!

  13. Good question, J B — I’m glad I haven’t seen that on my iPad, and glad for that protection from malware! Don’t know how the redirect happened.

  14. This Jennifer character really gets around because she changed her last name again and now lives in Olivet, MI. I remember getting this before when her last name was Leyton from Okemos…same picture of who knows how many different Jennifers. Total scam!

  15. omg are you people idiots…….do we need to have a talk about good websites and bad websites?

  16. You too, Wanda – Have a great day and thanks for commenting.

    The interesting thing is that Walmart really does give away gift cards, so says the article I linked to, but they provide official documentation and certified letters, not pop-ups on websites or phone calls like the man in the above linked-to article received.

  17. Hi Paula,

    I was just taken in by this Walmart scam and have been worrying about giving them our phone number. I can’t find where Norton or McAffee have written anything about this site.

    What scares me (besides the obvious) is that I seem to remember a while back terrorist could somehow use mobile phones to blow up things. I don’t remember if they needed the phone or just your number or what..Sheesh..

    Anyway, don’t feel bad. I’ve been on the computer since 1992 and this one sucked me in too.

    have a grat day!

    Wanda

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