Holiday Scam Alert: 'Free Gift Card' Text Spreads

Text messages saying people have won free gift card at major retailer are a hoax.
1:41 | 12/10/12

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Transcript for Holiday Scam Alert: 'Free Gift Card' Text Spreads
You see a text message on your phone saying you've won a gift card to a place you may -- all the time like best buy or target. But don't buy into it it's a scam. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- The Better Business Bureau says it's one of the top five scams going around right now -- these things always ramp up around the holidays. The message usually tells you to visit a web site and use a -- number. That it wants your personal information that's a red flag. Also be aware 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'd been warning people about the scam. How did -- -- sketches cellphone number in the first place well they are setting these messages out to tens of thousands of random numbers. Yours just happens to be one of them so do not reply because -- -- -- know that that number belongs to someone. And you may get even more messages. You can't escape and it's really stop any time soon -- -- short -- and consumers are aware that this is going on. When this does pop up to really pay attention. And just delete. So you your best judgment try not to fall for it because the only -- cameras may stop is if they don't succeed. You also want to ignore instructions to text either stop or -- to prevent future attacks this is just a common -- by this cameras. To confirm that they have a real active phone number and then David -- gonna began -- all the time looked out. You do not want that -- -- great advice thanks Nina.

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