The following information appears as a scam warning for consumers to avoid.
I received the following spam text message. As you will see this message can lead to possible identity theft and a financial impact. Warn others not to respond to it.
This spam text message is interesting in that it instructs recipients to text STP instead of STOP to prevent messages. It came from 816-805-7849.
The website given is bestbuy.com.bxsy.biz. That is not an official Best Buy website. In this case bestbuy.com is a subdomain of bxsy.biz.
Public records show the domain is hidden by private records registered to:
Administrative Contact ID: INTE4BTDPUMI8SOI
Administrative Contact Name: Domain Administrator
Administrative Contact Organization: Fundacion Private Whois
Administrative Contact Address1: Attn: bxsy.biz
Administrative Contact Address2: Aptds. 0850-00056
Administrative Contact City: Panama
Administrative Contact Postal Code: Zona 15
Administrative Contact Country: Panama
Administrative Contact Country Code: PA
Administrative Contact Phone Number: +507.65995877
The server is actually located in Prague at Hlavni Mesto Praha – Prague – Casablanca Int and outside of U.S. control.
Incredibly there is a link on the page that was sent via text that shows the stats on the site.
By entering the word FREE as instructed it takes you to this page at bestbuy.topoffers4u.com.
topoffers4u.com also has hidden domain ownership.
Contact Privacy Inc. Customer 0128631060
96 Mowat Ave
Toronto, ON M6K 3M1
In this case the server is located within the United States at Singlehop Inc.
That looks innocent enough but if you enter an email address it takes you to a page that requests your personal information.
If you read the fine print of this offer you will find the following statement, “Completion of reward offers most often requires a purchase or filing a credit application and being accepted for a financial product such as a credit card or consumer loan.”
The privacy terms clearly state that any personal information you enter on the site will be shared with unknown parties.
We will share any and all personal information you submit to our Company with third parties who may have products or services you will find of interest. We will share your information without your additional consent.
By giving your permission during the account registration process, you expressly consent to receive such promotional materials from us, Debt Solution Center, and/or our business partners or other companies via various media channels, which includes, but is not limited to, SMS messaging (standard carrier text messaging charges will apply).
We may also share your information with affiliated and non-affiliated third-parties to offer products or services, including but not limited to magazine offers, that may be of interest or benefit to our customers. – Source
The site terms on thetopoffers4u.com say that it is from DailyDealOffers.com (source) which is registered in Canada at:
Administrator, Domain email@example.com
20 Eglinton Ave. E.
Toronto, Ontario M4P1A9
Responding to this spam text message can result in a consumer giving up personal information that may be given to unknown others, used for identity theft and result in a financial impact.
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