– Scam Alert

The following information appears as a scam warning for consumers to avoid.

The Pitch

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, 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 site mentions the domain name That domain name is registered to a Liu Wenge in Wuhan, China.

Privacy Policy Information

The privacy policy on provides a little bit of additional information. As you can see, respondents to this spam text message will be opening the doors to additional unwanted marketing efforts.

It says:

Information We Share This Privacy Policy applies to consumers that have signed up on the 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. 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 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 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.

See also Best Buy Giftcard Spam Text - Scam Alert

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.

The Next Step

Once you make it past the next screen you are asked to enter your email address on a site, 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

Bottom Line

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 user fully completes a sponsor/advertiser offer after accessing the offer by clicking on a link provided on the website or from the member area. Attempting to gain action points in any way other than clicking on the advertiser links provided by will result in the cancellation of your membership. Please note that the Prime Offers group and Premium Offers group may be accessed from the 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 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

If you have had any experience with this program, please post your comments and feedback in the comments below.

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