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Ignore that Text! You Didn't Win a Walmart Gift Card
March 29, 2012

Cell phone users across the country are receiving suspicious text messages that claim to be from Walmart. The texts tell consumers they won a free gift card... and all they have to do is click a link and enter some information.

Unfortunately, there is no gift card. It's a scam to steal your credit card number and other personal info.

About the scam:
This scam has several versions. In one, the text reads "You just won a free $1000 Walmart Gift Card, enter "1000" at LINK." In another, it says: "Walmart $1000 gift card for the first 1000 users to go to LINK and enter code 2938." The texts also use different URLs, including:

• promocenterdaily.com/walmart_gift
• promocenter.ws/walmart
• walmartgift.mobi

See a screen shot of a scam message here.

The text message is a twist on the classic email phishing scam, where scammers pose as a legitimate organization and send out emails containing links to scam sites. Phishing scams using SMS technology are known as "smishing."

More information
For more information, please see the statement on Walmart's website.

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