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Popular Store Names Showing Up in Text Scam
February 13, 2012
Boise resident Terry Radford was excited initially that he'd received a $1,000 gift card from Best Buy. Notification came to him on his cellphone this past week, after he'd been randomly selected as the recipient. It seemed a bit odd, since he'd not entered any contests or rewards programs at the big box electronic store, Best Buy.

Boise resident Terry Radford was excited initially that he'd received a $1,000 gift card from Best Buy.

Notification came to him on his cellphone this past week, after he'd been randomly selected as the recipient. It seemed a bit odd, since he'd not entered any contests or rewards programs at the big box electronic store, Best Buy.


"Sounded a little too good to be true, so I called Best Buy and sure enough, it was too good to be true," Radford told KBOI in Boise.


Radford was part of a campaign that hit cellphones across the nation trying to get personal and financial information.


BBB says retailers will only send deals to people who've signed up to receive them. Also, they will not ask you to confirm or submit any information via text. If you win something, you'll be able to put it on your screen and show it to the retailer to claim it, says Dale Dixon, president of the Better Business Bureau.


"If you get a text message out of the blue saying that you won something - that you have this great deal waiting for you - do not respond to it," Dixon says. "Hit delete."


If you get fake deals it may not be because scam artists necessarily have your phone number. Dixon says fraudsters typically have computers generate tons of numbers and yours probably just happened to be one of them.


But if you do respond at all, he says scam artists will know your number works and you'll become a prime target for future scams.


The Better Business Bureau says fraudsters are dressing up text messages to look like they come from popular retailers, alerting people they've won free gift cards or other prizes.

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