Good Question: Is This Text Message About A Best Buy Gift Card Legit?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

A few days ago, I received a text message. I had won a free $1,000 Best Buy gift card! Click on a link to claim it and they can ship it immediately. I’m not alone. It seems like this is making the rounds, but is it too good to be true?

Good question.

The text reads, “Your entry into our drawing won you a free $1,000 Best Buy gift card! Enter 316 at to claim it and we can ship it to you immediately!” It’s funny how I don’t remember entering a “drawing.” For this one, I decided to turn to social media in my quest for an answer.

I sent a tweet to Best Buy’s Twelpforce. I simply asked if the text proclaiming my new found Best Buy wealth was legit or a scam. In a matter of minutes, Blake at Best Buy sent me a tweet. It reads, “This isn’t on of our promotions. Please don’t send any personal information to the phone number or website.” As expected, my $1,000 Best Buy gift card is just a ruse.

But I’m curious, so I followed the link on the text. Again, it looks legit.

It even tells me that only 91 of 1,000 gift cards remain. I didn’t enter the code sent in the text. Instead, I entered a random number, and look! It says I have a winning code! Now it asks for my email. That’s where I stopped. But I did find a disclaimer that says in order to receive my reward, I must meet the eligibility requirements, complete the survey, complete a total of 10 reward offers as stated in the terms and conditions, not cancel participation in more than a total of 2 reward offers within 30 days of any reward offer date as outlined in the terms and conditions. You get the idea.

This is not a Best Buy promotion. There is nothing instant about it. My advice: delete it.

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