The following information appears as a scam warning for consumers to avoid.
Consumers are reporting receiving text messages which say they are the winner of a $1,000 Best Buy gift card. This is a scam to get your personal information.
If you receive a text message to visit BestBuyDrawing.com, ignore it and report it in the comments below.
The website was just registered on October 15, 2012 and the ownership of the domain name is hidden.
The server is located in Moscow, Russia.
Other websites on the same server that raise scam concerns are:
The BestBuyDrawing.com site mentions the domain name BestBuyWin.com. That domain name is registered to a Liu Wenge in Wuhan, China.
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The Next Step
Once you make it past the next screen you are asked to enter your email address on a site, rewardhubzone.com. This server is located in Hong Kong, China. – Source
The next screen will ask you for a number of items that can lead to your risk of becoming an identity theft victim. You have no idea who will receive your personal information, including your date of birth. – Source
This is not a contest or effort that is part of Best Buy. It is a scam to get your personal information and use that to sell you other products and services.
If there is any uncertainty, all you have to do is read the terms and conditions linked to one of the pages.
The terms says:
This offer is available to US residents only. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. To receive the Membership Incentive Promotion gift you must complete all of the steps outlined herein. Prospective members must: (a) submit their zip code to determine geographic eligibility; (b) register with a valid and deliverable email address; (c) submit accurate contact and demographic information including a physical mailing address; (d) 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. Attempting to gain action points in any way other than clicking on the advertiser links provided by DailyDealFinder.com will result in the cancellation of your DailyDealFinder.com membership. Please note that the Prime Offers group and Premium Offers group may be accessed from the DailyDealFinder.com member area. (f) You must complete and return an Incentive Redemption form after accumulating the required action points for both you and your referral. The form may be downloaded from the member area after you have earned 13 action points. Please understand that failure to supply current and accurate address and demographic information on the redemption form may hinder our ability to deliver the incentive gift to you.
In cases of a financial offer such as a credit card, the card must be activated by making a purchase, balance transfer or cash advance in order for the offer to be considered “completed”, and the user must remain a card holder for at least 60 days. For paid retail offers you must accept the item/service and pay in full. If a product/item (not services) is returned or canceled, then credit for the subsequent offer will not be awarded. Purchasing retail offers for resale or commercial purposes is not allowed. In order to receive credit for any sponsor offers completed, the billing information must match exactly to the information used when registering with DailyDealFinder.com. Additional terms and conditions may apply to participation in select marketing offers. You should read the terms of each offer as provided by the advertiser for an explanation of these terms where they exist. – Source
BestBuyDrawing.com - Scam Alert by Steve Rhode
If you have had any experience with this program, please post your comments and feedback in the comments below.