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Best Buy and Target gift card text messages: The Real Deal

Scammers are looking to cash in by offering you a fake gift card. There’s a text message going around, saying you've won $1,000 to Target or Best Buy.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Scammers are looking to cash in by offering you a fake gift card. There’s a text message going around, saying you've won $1,000 to Target or Best Buy.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns it’s a scam. They say it’s one of the five scams going around right now as holiday shoppers hit the stores.

“We hear a lot of stories people get caught up in the hype they want to believe that they've won $1,000 and before they know it they give away their personal information and their credit card information. Just don’t do it,” said Peggy Penders with the BBB.

The text often asks you to visit a website and use a PIN number, and then it wants your personal information. That’s a red flag.

Also, beware of any deals that say you need to front some money before getting your so-called free gift.

And, check directly with the retailer. Both Target and Best Buy say they’ve been warning people it’s a scam.

Wondering how the scammers get your number? They usually send them to tens of thousands of random numbers, but don’t be tempted to reply to the messages because you’re letting the scammers know it’s a working number and you’ll likely get even more messages.

You can also reach out to your cell phone provider to find out to block certain numbers so you don’t receive spam text messages.
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