TULSA - Many people are receiving a text claiming they won a $1,000 gift card from Best Buy, Walmart or another large retailer.
You're prompted to go to a website and enter a code to claim it.
Kathi sent us the text she received wondering if it could be the real deal.
It is not.
Best Buy has a warning on its Web site offering people this information:
Gift Card Offer Scams
What the scam is: A website advertisement, email or text message that offers a high-value gift card.
How the scam works: The scam directs consumers to a website that requires them to make purchases,
provide personal information, and/or fulfill other conditions in order to receive the gift card.
Once the conditions are met, the consumer may never receive
the gift card or may have spent more than the value of the gift card.
What the scam is: A valid-looking e-mail, website or other online message that directs consumers to a
legitimate-appearing website that requests account information and/or other confidential information.
Phishing messages often indicate that a consumer's account has been frozen or jeopardized and that
the consumer must provide immediate information.
How the scam works: Once confidential information is obtained, identity theft and other forms of theft can occur.
What the scam is: Similar to a Phishing scam, but in this situation, consumers receive a text in order to carry out the scam.
Note: A gift card offer may also be the subject of Phishing and Smishing messages.
The Better Business Bureau offers this information on prevention and reporting:
What Can I Do About Scam Text Messages:
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