Spam text messages for $1,000 Walmart gift cards sent to consumers

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.

~ Erik


  1. Kayla I. says:

    Thank you so much! I was really confused when I received a text from them saying I won something. Good to know Wal-Mart’s online security. Good thing I never put any credit card information on it.

    1. Glad you found our tips Kayla! Just FYI, the same type of texts have been known to impersonate Best Buy as well.

  2. Marie B. says:

    Yes, thanks! Just received this text this morning, and I always verify either the number or the message on the internet before doing anything with it. After reading your note, I deleted it right away.And by the way, I never registered online or in-store at Walmart so they’re not taking phone numbers from the Walmart’s data base.

    1. Thanks for letting us know Marie! These texts seem to be indiscriminate in the way they are sent to people. It’s the basic machine gun theory. Shoot out as many texts as possible and hope something sticks.

      ~ Erik

  3. Emilie says:

    I’m from Montreal and I just received this message. I don’t know where you from, but this spam is vicious! A lot of people will receive this message in the near future…Thanks for the information!!

    1. Hi Emilie! Our BBB is located in Austin, Texas, USA, but you’re right, the text message has been sent to people EVERYWHERE. I’m glad you were able to find our blog and get the information you needed.

      ~ Erik

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