Did you receive a text from the phone number 731-602-2488, telling you that you had won a prize? So did we! Do you want to know if it’s a scam? What do you think it is? Read on and we’ll give you the lowdown on this number and website.
The text we received read:
Your entry last month as Won!! Goto http://free-bestbuy.com and enter your Winning Code: XXXX to claim your free $1000 BestBuy Gift Card
(I replaced a number with XXXX, because I don’t know if that number identifies me in any way.)
A Whois on the website tells us that it was only created on April 24, 2012. So obviously this is a fly-by-night operation. If we delve a little further – this time by viewing the page source on the website, we see references to prizecenterdirect.us, which was created on February 5 of this year. That site appears to be offline, but viewing the source of a cached copy reveals that it was almost identical to the site referenced in the text. It’s also worth noting that the “2174 people like us on Facebook” is fake, and was identical on the older prizecenterdirect.us site.
This “offer” is hauntingly like the Wal-Mart Gift Card scam that was floating around last month. Read up on that one here to see the similarities. You’re best off not responding and not visiting their website.
It should also be noted that in the source code, we find the following link:
Visiting Canada-based cpakingdom.com shows us that this website’s motto is “Where Affiliates Are King.” Need we go any further? This is no more than some bait and switch affiliate marketing scam.
Don’t answer. Don’t call back. Don’t click the links. Don’t believe it.
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