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Upstate South Carolina
New Gift Card Scam Using BBB Name
July 30, 2012

July 30, 2012- BBB joined Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy as another established brand used to promote fake gift cards. Don't bother trying to redeem this offer. It's just a trick to get your email address, cell number and other personal information.

How the Scam Works:

People nationwide are receiving emails informing them that Better Business Bureau is giving away $1,000 Visa gift cards. Emails come from a variety of email addresses and contain different links, but all use a variation of the message below:


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: Greenville, SC

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


Once you go to the web address given in the email, you will be asked to input information about your age, address, email and cell phone number. Given that the survey does not request your Social Security Number, banking information or ask you to download a mal-ware file, it is not likely an attempt at ID theft. Rather, it's probably an unscrupulous way to collect consumer data, such as email addresses and phone numbers.