Sunday, April 29, 2012

Best Buy $1000 Gift Card Text Scam

I was recently contacted by someone regarding a text they got from Best Buy. It said the following: "Your entry last month has WON! Goto http://www.bestbuy.com.wgmc.biz/?claimid=912" They were asking me if it was a legit offer. Well it wasn't much longer tell I received the text myself later. Here is a picture of it:
The Scam in text form
At first appearance it may look like a legit link. Sadly that is not the case. The first sign of this being bad is that at the tail end of the link you see: .wgmc.biz. Sadly someone has registered wgmc.biz and then created a subdomain to add the info in front to make it appear as if it was from bestbuy. You can look at the whois info by following this link:  http://www.networksolutions.com/whois-search/wgmc.biz
The above picture is a screenshot of the scam intro. Here you are supposed to put in the winning code. Another bad sign though is that you can actually type in whatever code and it always says that you have a winning code and then takes you to another link. This one is biggerbidder.net, so another sign to stop, even though it shows the BestBuy images below:
I put in a a fake GMail account and random zip code info. If you proceed past this then you get a pop up and some additional offers. It also forces you to sign up for two different offers. At this point I stopped. At this point it is obviously a scam. These guys should be dealt with since our phones shoud be a sanctuary from scam, but guess it was only a matter of time.

Bottom line this  is a SCAM

Note: It says the call is from: 1 (310) 849-7742. Hopefully someone stops them.

UPDATE 5/4/2012 - I noticed the scam they used in the text they sent me for the scam no longer works, either it got pulled down or the server did. Either way I am sure they have rebounded and using new domains and/or servers. So even though it may not match the URL everything else should still apply. Be Safe

34 comments:

  1. Thanks for looking into it.

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    1. Thank you Todd. My stepson Chris got this on his phone today and this is very helpful what you posted. Kassy

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    2. I got a different code I received this the morning of 30Apr12

      Sharon

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    3. Thanks for the heads up. Just got mine today. The address appeared to be the same but it came from a different number.

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    4. same here, its a real bummer cause i'm sure we could all use $1000 girt card

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  2. Got this same thing today from 1 310 962 7648

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  3. i got this txt yesterday the 29th of april. thanks for looking into this and sharing with the rest of us.

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  4. I got the same the website was 1kbestbuy.com phone number 321-230-6706

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  5. i got it too. and a couple ppl i know ive told about it got it too, weird how they got all our numbers lol

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  6. Just received it from 1kbestbuy.com and (816) 223-9689

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  7. just received the same text from 1kbestbuy.com at 814-442-0743

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  8. I have recieved two of these, yesterday and again today. One was on Best Buy and the other was on Walmart. Both said the same thing about a $1000 giftcard. The numbers were (570)-357-8677 [Pennsylvania #] and (240)-475-6934 [Maryland #]

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  9. I got the same text on the 28th from 310 962 7217. Thanks.

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  10. i just got one today on my cell phone may 1st2012

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  11. Got same Text referring to Best Buy!! Isn't there some CONTROL over this happening???

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  12. Thanks for your warning. I got the same message and since I didn't know the name/number of the sender, and I hand't applied for a $1000 Best Buy last month, I decided to Google it. I had noticed the domain name and it did let me know that it is NOT Best Buy. Glad to have read this thread.

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  13. Is there anyone we can report these sites to , I got this text today and got as far as putting my email in and relized it was a scam. Only because I signed up with bestbuy last month lol

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  14. In response to the last comment in the US you can use this URL to report such online scams: http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/internet_fraud/internet_fraud

    As for everyone else, thanks for the comments. It appears this particular URL is now down but I assume another has replaced it.

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  15. I bet these are google voice numbers the scammer is using

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  16. I sent the word stop to them because my husband didn't send the word stop to one text message that he was getting and then we started getting charged on our statement. However, on the news tonight it said not to text the word stop because then they know it is a working number. The news also said one lady sent the word stop and a couple days later $5,000 went missing out of her bank account. I don't know if that was the same text as the one that I got, but now I am worried that my iphone is hacked. Is that possible just from texting the word stop back? I didn't click on the link.

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  17. Responding to the text messages does let them know they have a working number, although I would say that most numbers they use probably work due to the numbers of phones out there.

    Responding to a text does not allow a virus to be installed on a phone, nor does it give a spammer power of ones account. I wouldn't worry about your iPhone being hacked from just sending a text to it. I don't have an iPhone but I would say they are fairly secure. Most problems come from software and websites that trick individuals into sharing their account info.

    As for the $5,000 from the one individual I would want to know more about it. I tend to be skeptical though that they were related, more likely a coincidence and their bank info was obtained using another method.

    Best thing to do with these texts is just delete them. Hope that helps.

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  18. I received this (for the third time). The text message came from 1-310-962-3154, So, we can't STOP these? I also get these scammy texts from Walmart

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  19. Just to read the darn message it deducted time off my phone. aargh!!!!!

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  20. When it is too good to be true it always is. I knew I didnt enter into any Best Buy entry contest and that the link was not a true Best Buy url with "gpgc.biz" on the end of it. So I googled "Best Buy phone text scams" and got this link. Thanks for taking the time to post this thread.

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  21. They texted me today!!! the link was http://www.bestbuy.com.gpgc.biz/ is it bad that i put in my email and zip codee but then stopped??

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  22. tonight at 9 i recived a text message from 917 744 4957 saying that i need to go to http://www.bestbuy.com.svrt.biz and enter your winning code 6655 to claim your free 1,000 bestbuy giftcard

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    1. sorry i didnt finish that note above this one but what do i do to make them stop texting my phone? i dont need someone right now that is scaming me into sharing my info. well okay i hope to here someone back?

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  23. I also think they made some money with the URL by selling the email and phone info to other "pushers". I am being bugged through my cell with other sales calls "related to the form I filled out on line".

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  24. i got kzsg.biz does that make any difference

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  25. They sent me a message on 4th of July.I got a similar message expect mine said it was a target gift card.

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  26. Anonymous from June - No a different URL base just means they are moving them around as their old domains get shut down. It is still a scam avoid it.

    As for those wanting to block it. Many smartphone provide either native or add-on support(application) to block a number. That is one way. You may also be able to reach out to your carrier to block the phone number.

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