The Associated Press checks out some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. This one is bogus, even though it was shared widely on social media. Here are the facts:
CLAIM: Taco Bell is offering £60 and Walmart is offering £75 to customers who share and comment on their posts.
THE FACTS: These offers are not real and were posted by accounts impersonating Taco Bell and Walmart, but thousands of Facebook users have shared posts with the claims this week.
"Taco Bell is going to celebrate its 60th anniversary on March 24th and In order to help our loyal customers, Every single person who has shared & commented before 5PM Wednesday will be sent one of these boxes containing a £60 Taco Bell gift-card plus surprises that will make your heart flutter!" reads a post from a Facebook page impersonating Taco Bell.
"To celebrate the great news of Walmart becoming plastic bags free by the end of 2021, we are giving one of these Walmart gift-bags to everyone who has shared & commented before 9pm March 24th.
Each person who does this will receive one gift bag full of goodies and a £75 Walmart voucher," reads a post from a Facebook page posing as Walmart.
The posts come from Facebook accounts that at first glance appear to match the name and branding of each company, but actually claim to represent an "unofficial community page."
Representatives from both companies confirmed the posts are not real. "We can confirm that webpage is impersonating Taco Bell and does not represent the brand," Taco Bell's public relations team told the AP in an emailed statement. "The brand is not giving out £60 to everyone who interacts with the post.
Taco Bell's 60th birthday is actually in 2022."
Casey Staheli, senior manager of national media relations at Walmart, said, "This page is not affiliated with or endorsed by Walmart.
We take any fraud impacting our customers seriously and continue to implement and improve upon measures designed to help guard against various consumer scams."