Have you received a text message saying you won a Best Buy gift card? You’re not alone. Unfortunately, however, this isn’t exactly free, and most likely you’ll never see a gift card.
The text we received was from 8325445181, and read:
Your entry last month has WON! Go to BestBuyWin.net and enter your winning code 5555 to claim your FREE $1000 BestBuy gift card within 24hrs.
There is also a variation sending people to bestbuyprizes.net, which is a clone of BestBuyWin.net.
Notice that it’s not actually from “bestbuy.com” but from bestbuywin.net or bestbuyprizes.net. Those domains are not associated with Best Buy! In fact, the betbuywin.net domain was only created last month and bestbuyprizes.net was created about a week later. It should be noted that everyone that we have contacted who has received this text was given the same “winning code” of 5555.
When you visit BestBuyWin.net or BestBuyPrizes.net you’ll be met with a very generic-looking website that says you have 5 minutes to enter your winning code. On either site, entering the code will then take you to bestbuy.rewardhubzone.com. Here, a large graphic greets you with a friendly Best Buy employee and a graphic telling you that you qualify for a $1000 Best Buy gift card. Wait – didn’t the text say we won a gift card?
Notice that the graphic says “Participation Required” – which is an important detail.
Again, these sites are NOT associated with Best Buy. In fact, what you have here is merely just another “rewards” program in which you’ll be asked to sign up for a long list of programs which will be nearly impossible to fulfill.
Taking a look at the terms and conditions, we see the same “rewards program” terms that we have seen before. In part, they state that you must:
…acquire two sponsor action points from the Top Offers Group, two offers from the Prime Offers Group, and 9 offers from the Premium Offers Group for a total of 13 sponsor offers; (e) and refer three friends to do the same (i.e. register and complete the required number of sponsor offers). Action points are earned when a DailyDealFinder.com user fully completes a sponsor/advertiser offer after accessing the offer by clicking on a link provided on the DailyDealFinder.com website or from the DailyDealFinder.com member area.
This means you will need to sign up for, and complete, 13 programs and get three friends to do the same. Such programs include credit card offers or signing up for services you probably don’t want or need, many of them costing money. Good luck completing 13 of them successfully, too. If you – or one of your three friends – fail to complete any of the 13 offers, you can kiss that gift card – along with any money you spent on these “rewards” offers – goodbye.
This particular site’s terms & conditions reference DailyDealFinder.com. That domain is most likely the original site from which this template was taken. In fact, DailyDealFinder.com was also the culprit behind a March post here for a “free” iPad, based on a similar rewards program. Oddly, the Terms for this site start off:
MEMBER INCENTIVE PROGRAM PARTICIPATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
Last Modified October 15, 2009
It’s a bait-and-switch scam. You didn’t “win” anything and there is no $1000 Best Buy gift card waiting for you. It’s merely a rewards program that’s impossible to complete and not even worth the time you’ve spent reading this. Ignore ‘em!
Phone numbers used (These are in addition to the phone numbers listed on earlier articles cited above): Leave a comment if you’ve received this spam from a different phone number!
These are most likely throwaway numbers that aren’t going to be used very long by the spammers. I feel sorry for anyone who signs up for a cell phone and is assigned one of these numbers in the future.
Have you received a text from this place? Let us know what it said.
Filed under: Scams & Deception