Better Business Bureau issues a scam alert involving itself

TULSA - Better Business Bureau officials say it's an unscrupulous way to collect consumer data including email addresses and phone numbers.

The email claims the BBB is giving away $1,000 Visa gift cards and tells you to click on a link to claim yours.

One BBB spokesperson says   "BBB joined Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy as another established brand used to promote fake gift cards.  It's just a trick to get your personal information."

Here's an example of the email people are receiving (with the clickable link removed):

Dear John,
 
On behalf of Better Business Bureau you have been issued a $1,000 Visa Gift Card free of charge.
 
Card type: Visa Gift
Card Issued to: JOHN SMITH
Issuing branch: Amarillo, Texas
Valid until: 08/2015
 
Please use the following website to claim your card and have it shipped to the address of your choosing: Go to: www reward2012 com Note that claims must be made within 48 hours from this email being sent, or the above link will become invalid.
 
Sincerely, Rachel
Customer Service Employee Benefits Center, LLC

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