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):
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.
Customer Service Employee Benefits Center, LLC