Think it’s your lucky day because a text message shows up on your phone offering you $1,000 in cold hard spending card cash at Walmart? It’s a scam, says the company, so don’t follow any of the directions given and don’t expect that gift card.
The text scam is hitting Denver lately, says CBS4, where a message arrives either on your phone or in your email inbox. It directs consumers to a site where they’re asked for their name, email address and phone number. You should not give out that kind of information, says Walmart in a statement to the news station.
We are very unhappy to learn that there is a scam intending to defraud our customers and we encourage them to contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or their state’s attorney general’s office. Walmart doesn’t participate in these types of promotions and has no affiliation with them. We don’t participate in any type of promotion that would ask for certain personal or financial information.
Scammers can use databases of cell phone numbers to hit up lots of consumers at one time. Check out your state’s No Call list as well as the National No Call list, which can help cut down on unsolicited texts and phone calls.
There is a legit way to get a $1,000 gift card from Walmart, after partaking in a customer service survey online. That survey requires your transaction number from your store receipt, but doesn’t ask for personal or financial info.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Consumerist.