Ignore Those Texts! You Didn't Win a Gift Card from Walmart or Best Buy

March 29, 2012

Spam texts are not only obnoxious; they are trying to fool you into giving personal information out. BBB has received multiple reports of spam texts stating that you have either ‘won’ or been ‘randomly selected’ for a gift card. Both Walmart and Best Buy have placed warnings on their website confirming that they are not sending the texts, nor are the gift cards real.

See a screen shot of a scam text message here.

BBB offers the following tips to avoid compromising your personal information when receiving these texts:

    · Do NOT reply to the text asking them to stop, even if the text instructs you to do so. This will confirm that your phone number is active.

    · Do NOT click on any links in the text message.

    · Contact your cell phone provider to block the phone number who sent you the text.

    · Report the spam text to GSMA, which recently introduced the Scam Reporting Service.

       o Forward the spam text to ‘7726’ (spelling SPAM). Read more here.

Stay wary of any messages – emails, texts, voicemails, etc. – that claim you’ve won a prize out of the blue. Often if it sounds too good to be true, it is!

If you feel you have compromised your personal information, contact the Federal Trade Commission for tips on identity theft. You can also contact the BBB at 727-535-5522 if you have any questions about scams in your area. Like BBB on Facebook for immediate scam alerts and tips.