BBB has received numerous calls today from Permian Basin consumers regarding a text message promising a $1,000 gift card from Walmart. Supposedly these consumers won a contest and were instructed to visit a website to redeem their card. Unfortunately this is one of those “too good to be true” moments and is a scam. Walmart’s name has been used several times in the past for text message scams and the company has page for fraud alerts here.
If you receive this text message, do not click on the link or respond. Doing so will risk the security of your phone and give whoever is spamming your phone a confirmation that the number is active. This means you could be prone to virus and more annoying text messages in the future. Remember, you cannot win a contest you never entered in the first place.