Avoid Free-BestBuy.com Spam Text Message

Readers are reporting to me a new spam message out today that promotes a new site free-bestbuy.com.

This spam message is designed to look like a message from BestBuy.com. It’s not. Most likely people that respond will be charged for a text message, Just as people have reported being charged $9.99 a month after receiving messages from:

Short Code: 45244 ID: 35594
Provider: TotalSMSSolUS

The Free-BestBuy.com domain was registered just today and is listed as being owned by someone out of China.

Creation Date…….. 2012-04-25 04:10:17
Registration Date…. 2012-04-25 04:10:17
Expiry Date………. 2013-04-25 04:10:17
Organisation Name…. liu wenge
Organisation Address. jiefanglu344hao
Organisation Address.
Organisation Address. wuhan
Organisation Address. 424000
Organisation Address. HB
Organisation Address. CN

The site is said to reside on a U.S. based server with the service provider Limestone Networks. Server records show there are three sites on the server:


People who visit the fake Best Buy website are told that when they enter the code they are agreeing to the following terms:

Information We Share This Privacy Policy applies to consumers that have signed up on the prizecenterdirect.us website. We may sell, brand or share your personal information that you supply to us with other 3rd party businesses so they can bring selected retail opportunities via direct mail, e-mail, SMS text messaging, telemarketing, pre-recorded messages, or automated attendant telemarketing. These businesses may include providers of direct marketing services and applications, including lookup and reference, data enhancement, suppression and validation and email marketing. For example, if you express interest in a particular product or service, you may be contacted by telephone regarding that particular product or service. prizecenterdirect.us collects minimal demographic and personally identifiable information from many users. This information is aggregated and analyzed to help us tailor future offers and to help our marketing partners and advertising agencies understand the demographics of our customers in order to evaluate the potential effectiveness and profitability of doing business with us. Part of our business model involves sharing personally identifiable information, such as name and address, with third-party marketing concerns. While prizecenterdirect.us cannot control the practices of our advertisers and third-party marketers, we endeavor at all times to do business with reputable partners who also follow a best practices model regarding your privacy.

All information provided to prizecenterdirect.us by the users of this site may be used to support our suppression, validation and enhancement services to other marketing companies, advertising agencies, compilers and data companies.

As an example, opt-out information may be shared with other marketing partners so that those users opting out of further offers are suppressed from the partner’s mailings or promotions, as well as our own. In addition to complying with our users’ preferences, it simply makes good business sense to mail only to those customers who have indicated a desire to receive such mailings.

If you enter the code you come to the following web page on premiumreward.net.


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58 thoughts on “Avoid Free-BestBuy.com Spam Text Message”

  1. Wow, it really sux that people have to minipulate something that makes our lives easier and turn it into a nuisence. Thanks to all who posted info on this garbage! Mine came from 714-616-6158

  2. I just got a text from 909-837-7749 “Your entry last month has WON! Go to BestBuyWin.net and enter your winning code 5555 to claim your FREE $1000 Best Buy gift card within 24 hrs.”  I figured this was a scam since I didn’t enter into any prize at Best Buy and haven’t shopped there for almost a year now.  I googled it and I’m glad I came upon this website.  I just wonder how they got my cell number?

  3. I just received a text message today that I had won a $1000 gift card with code 5555 but the foxfire on my computer system would not accept the information and allow the screens to display so I was unable to complete the process. When I went back in to complete the process I came across your scam alert. Thank you for letting me and others know about this scam. Is Best Buy aware of this scam? It looks very authentic and can fool a lot of people because Best Buy is a reputable company. Again thanks. Shirley from Mo Val

  4. Got one of these this morning from 4792759813.  It gave a website to go to and enter a code – 9293 to enter to claim my 1K best buy gift card.  My question is how are they able to use so many different phone numbers.  That may be a silly question, but I don’t really understand how scams like this work.

  5. I got one from 440-670-3723.  Does anyone know how to block or stop them?  It seems as long as I have one on my phone another does not come in but as soon as I delete it withing hours I get a second one.

  6. Thank you Steve, like Mom used to say, anything that looks too good to be true, is probably too good to be true. Thanks to your information I intend to ignore the promotion.

  7. (THIS IS SMS SCAM) I got One more from the same number +1 917 704 4367, I looked at the owner of this website bestbuy.ca.wonacontest.com, it is clearly not best buy but rather a nother phishing scam, the website 
    Creation date: 09 May 2012 23:34:00, this website IP location is 
    Panama – Panama – Offshore Racks S.a (IP ) for further details you can go to this website http://whois.domaintools.com just tupe in bestbuy.ca.wonacontest.com and you should get all the info. you need about the owner of this website

    • this domain you posted…
      Domain Name………. 
      winatbestbuy.com  Creation Date…….. 2012-05-01 04:18:12  Registration Date…. 2012-05-01 04:18:12  Expiry Date………. 2013-05-01 04:18:12  Organisation Name…. liu wenge  Organisation Address. jiefanglu344hao  Organisation Address.  Organisation Address. wuhan  Organisation Address. 424000  Organisation Address. HB  Organisation Address. CN
      Admin Name……….. liuwenge  Admin Address…….. jiefanglu344hao  Admin Address……..  Admin Address…….. wuhan  Admin Address…….. 424000  Admin Address…….. HB  Admin Address…….. CN  Admin Email……….   Admin Phone………. +86.278564521  Admin Fax………… +86.278564521 

  8. I got a similar message, but since I never shopped from best buy I deleted it, the phone starts with +1 (901) … this is TN

  9. Same nonsense, only mine claimed to be from Walmart and used Walmartworld.com as their go to address. Two others claimed to come from Best Buy. The domain of one of them originates in PANAMA. Info pirates, identity theft, scam – whatever it is, Interpol needs to get together with our Crime division and put an end to it. 

  10. I received the text
    from (313) 318-7195

    Just wondering…..can they gain access to your sim card if you respond, “stop” to end
    the texts and then begin sending the same message to your phone contact list?  I’m curious if that is how my number was discovered.

  11. I just got the text from 360-362-2278. It says I’ve “been selected to win a FREE $1000 Best Buy Giftcard! Enter code: FREE216 at http://www.bestbuy.com.bstx.biz to get 1 now. Only 46 left! TXT STP to stop” I immediately knew it was a scam because Best Buy doesn’t even have my cell number on file. 

  12. 716 207 7708 was the number I got. I called best buy and asked if they were aware. They said they are. I told them it would be a nice courtesy to send an email,atleast to the reward zone members, that this was occuring. Best buy being who they are said they would get my suggesion to the correct department.

  13. I have receieved a text message stating that my number was drawn to win a $1000, Bestbuy gift card w/a code number to punch in. I see here that there’s no option for that on all sites I searched and searched. Now my poor father is looking forward to it, because we are poor and need new television. anyways, the wierd part is I was at mall and did put in to win a free Bestbuy gift card, therefore i didn’t think anything of it til now. figures, Thanks so much for taking the time to help me and others out there getting scammed, and boy God don’t like ugly.. Thanks again,


  14. I just turned my cell phone on11:28 am April 28) and received this same txt message (it was sent out at . It’s point of orgin was from the following phone numer 14238070628. I have a Smart talk phone and my service is paid for at the beginning of every month. So it looks as though the SCAM FREAKS are now using a number from the United States.

  15. thanks i just got a text from this thing, sounded fishy so i thought i would google to check it out. the number i got was from 14177180990

  16. yeah I got this text message  just now, decided to check on line and found this forum.  Thannks for posting this info.   my number was from 1-731-620-2488

  17. thanks for the info, number I got it from was 17864523667.  Area code 786 is an overlay of area code 305 covering Miami-Dade Counties and
    the Florida Keys outta….well flordia. but again, thanks for the info……but now I’m sad, I really wanted that 1000 dollar gift card.

  18. Received from:  (410) 440-8721
    Ran this in a virtual machine and was redirected several times.  One blocked, and one wildwildlinks.com.  Seems to be facilitated by:

    Name:  Domain Manager

    Organization:  CPAWay, Inc

    Email Address: [email protected]

    Phone number: +1.7272640291

    Fax number: +1.7272640278

    Address:18741 Titus RoadHudson, FL 34667 US

      • Yeah, there was a domain deactivated, and a few that the blocker got to too fast to read.  The wildwildlinks.com was the only one I researched.
        Later I looked at CPAway.com and apparently they are “leader” in “Click Per Activity” marketing.  Anybody’s guess if this “violates their terms”.
        No telling what would happen if you opened the link in a smartphone …..

  19. I received the message today from 734 731 0907. My husband called me to say he received one, I didn’t ask from what number.

  20. Thanks for the info…I just received this mssg, googled the phone number and it comes up as a Nevada number. Hmmmm, wasn’t going to go on it any way but here is the number I recaived it from…702-332-4728


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