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A text message scam promising Best Buy gift cards is circulating again.The text reads "Congradulations, your entry in last month's drawing won you a FREE $1,000 Bestbuy Giftcard. Enter 'WON' at www.bestbuy.com.bktz.biz to tell us where to ship it." The texts are riddled with spelling and capitalization errors.Another version of the text reads "Your entry last month has WON! Go to http://www.bestbuy.com.owrt.biz and enter your Winning code: 6655 to claim your FREE $1,000 Bestbuy Giftcard."A third version said: "You've just been Pre-Selected to Win a 1,000$ Best-Buy Gift Card. But only the 1st 1000 users that goto http://bestbuygifts.mobi and enter 7777 will Receive it!" Again the errors were in text.The message came from a variety of area codes including 303, 419, 901, 213 and 954. Calls to the phone numbers get a recording that said, "The person you called has a voice mail box that has not been set up yet, good bye" and "The number you dialed is not a working number."A 7NEWS employee said when he responded, he got a charge for $19.99 on his cell phone bill, but no gift card.A check of the Internet found this text message scam has been around since as early as July 2011. When 7NEWS reported on a similar scam involving Walmart in March, callers told us they were getting the Best Buy text too.In March, Walmart issued a statement that said in part: "Its a shame that anybody would use our good company name for their financial gain and potentially take advantage of consumers.""Best Buy continues to pursue the individuals and entities responsible for using Best Buys trademark without authorization," according to a statement Best Buy sent to 7NEWS. "We share the frustration of our customers, and are taking efforts that will put an end to this unauthorized use."
What You Can Do To Stop Unwanted Text Messages
Many carriers (including AT&T and Sprint) allow subscribers to report spam by forwarding the spam messages to short code 7726 (spells SPAM on a traditional phone keypad).AT&T said on its website that it is being aggressive in addressing the challenge of cell phone spam. Learn more here.