Walmart says the crypto fee announcement is pretend. Litecoin falls after the spike
Customers shop at a Walmart store in Houston, Texas on August 4, 2021.
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Cryptocurrency Litecoin gave up a 20% gain and fell back to earth after a fake press release from GlobeNewswire referring to a partnership with Walmart.
Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove confirmed the press release is not authentic. He also said the retailer contacted the Newswire company to investigate how the false press release was published.
GlobeNewswire is owned by the telecommunications company Intrado. It issued a “Notice of Disregard” of the original publication at 11:18 am EST.
A number of media organizations, including CNBC, made headlines over the announcement. Walmart stocks had little movement. Litecoin was last traded 3% lower, according to Coin Metrics.
The Securities and Exchange Commission did not immediately respond to a request for comment as to whether it would investigate what led to the publication of the bogus publication.
The press release stated that Walmart, the largest retailer in the United States, would accept cryptocurrency for payments from buyers using Litecoin. In the email, one of the listed contacts referred to a non-functioning website, which aroused suspicion.
The publication was never listed on Walmart’s official corporate website and has been removed from the GlobeNewswire website.