12-30-2011 10:56 PM
I received a text stating I was randomly selected for a $1000 gift card from Best Buy and all I need to do is log onto a website. I assume this is a scam but you never know. Is this a scam?
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12-30-2011 11:50 PM
04-10-2012 11:24 AM
FYI, It just happened to me within an hour of filling out a survey from Best Buy. Glad I thought to check here first.
The Best Buy.com geeks need to up their game. I certainly will think twice about responding to a survey now.
04-10-2012 11:43 AM
I'm not sure what Best Buy can do in this case to make the texts stop. They aren't sending hte texts, it'd likely be difficult to determine who is, and even if they do find out, then what? Possibly a cease & desist letter or some legal action, but that will take months... all the while, these cats can still do the same thing.
And, let's assume they get shut down. What's stopping them from switching websites and phone numbers and doing the same thing again?
Be skeptical of anything that sounds too good to be true. Watch out for website addresses, as well. If it says BestBuy.com in the text and doesn't direct to a BestBuy.com website, assume it's a scam. Also, remember that a legit survey will not (rarely, I should say) ask for any truly identifying information.
It's a crappy situation, but you can't expect everyone else to protect you. You have to protect yourself.
04-11-2012 02:14 PM
04-11-2012 11:14 PM
04-15-2012 11:50 AM
I just got a text from 310-956-0863 claiming I won a $1000 gift card. The message tells you to go to this site prizebestbuy.com. I looked up the whois for the site and it's owned by some guy in China:
Domain Name.......... prizebestbuy.com
Creation Date........ 2012-04-10 18:24:44
Registration Date.... 2012-04-10 18:24:44
Expiry Date.......... 2013-04-10 18:24:44
Organisation Name.... liu wenge
Organisation Address. jiefanglu344hao
Organisation Address. wuhan
Organisation Address. 424000
Organisation Address. HB
Organisation Address. CN
Admin Name........... liuwenge
Admin Address........ jiefanglu344hao
Admin Address........ wuhan
Admin Address........ 424000
Admin Address........ HB
Admin Address........ CN
Admin Phone.......... +86.278564521
Admin Fax............ +86.278564521
Can't we do anything about these scammers??