|Published:||Oct 09, 2012 6:06 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 09, 2012 6:06 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - It seems to good to be true. A text message that promises a $1000 gift card, even though you didn't enter a competition. Watch out, it's a scam.
The text is now circulating in Southwest Florida. It tells you you're entry last month has won. Just head to BestBuyWin.Net and enter a promo code and you've won.
WINK News Call For Action played along and we went to the website. By entering the promo code you're agreeing to the privacy options, which aren't displayed but say they will sell your information to third parties.
After you enter your promo code you're then asked for your email address, name, home address and your cell phone number. You won't be getting your gift card, but you will be getting a lot of spam emails and text messages. The cons are selling your information to other cons.
The Better Business Bureau recommends you do a quick search of the phone number, company or URL first, before you enter anything. It only took us a few seconds to realize this text was bogus.
Keep in mind that most financial institutions won't communicate with you through text messaging.
This scam isn't limited to Southwest Florida, or to Best Buy gift cards for that matter. We found similar scams across the country offering gift cards to Walmart, Costco, Starbucks and several other companies.
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