Best Buy Gift Card Deal Scam: How It Works
The consumer electronics giant Best Buy is still going strong in being a leader in the industry while providing reliable products and prices. The Best Buy gift card deals are also very popular but unfortunately, criminals use them to victimize people who don’t pay attention to details. The latest scam comes via a text message references the brand name but has a new twist. How does the scam work?
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There are a few variations of this scam, but mainly it works like this: you receive a text message claiming to be from Best Buy or any other major brand name company. They say they are giving away a $1,000 gift card. The message also reads that the offer is only available to the first thousand people to claim the prize.
The recipient of the text is prompted to access a website, such as BestBuyWin.com or BestBuy.com/bhtk.biz and use a promo code, usually a number. Once that number is submitted, the victim is taken to a different website.
To receive the gift card, the victim is also required to provide an email address and personal information, then purchase six products and refer five friends who must also buy six items.
Thinking they’re still up for a good deal as they’ll receive a $1,000 gift card instead, victims pay hundreds of dollars or more for the products. They never receive the gift card, as Best Buy – the real company – has nothing to do with this.
Once they have collected all the personal information of their victims, scammers sell it to third parties. The trouble is, all of this is stated in the terms and conditions section of their site, but people always ignore reading that.
Similar to this scam, you might get a text informing that you are an “Apple winner” and you are invited to enter the code provided to claim Apple products, including iPads and iPhones. Beware!
Best Buy Gift Card Deal Scam: How To Avoid
The following numbers are just some that you might be receiving fraudulent texts from: (816) 806.7392, (314) 225.3365, (347) 237.3911, (347) 205.0265, (510) 219.2914, (229) 848.2215, (412) 315.1790, (412) 551.6792, and (412) 315.8985, (305) 458-8964. However, these numbers change all the time as they get caught and disconnected.
The same thing happens with the websites listed in the text messages. Be careful, as the domain name always contains the name of the real company, but features variations – additions of letters, numbers or special characters.
When in doubt, don’t hesitate to call the company and inquire about the existence of such promotional campaigns, although promotions like these – via text messages – are very rarely real.
Last but not least, always read the terms and conditions section and the fine print on everything you purchase. It’s your money. If gift cards and reward programs are really your thing, use only legitimate companies. One of the most trustworthy services out there is Swagbucks.com, which is the largest online rewards portal dedicated to helping customers earn gift cards, electronics, and exclusive merchandise. It’s worth checking them out – you can visit their website HERE.
Best Buy Gift Card Deal Scam: How To Report
Warn your family and friends about the Best Buy Gift Card Deal scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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