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Police Warn of Texting Scam

The scam sends out a text message saying the recipient has won a $1,000 Best Buy gift card.

Police are warning residents of a text-based phone scam that sends out a message telling recipients they have won a $1,000 gift card to Best Buy.

The message includes a link to a website where recipients are asked to provide personal information, such as their names, email addresses and dates of birth. Redmond Police spokesman and community outreach facilitator Jim Bove offered the following advice to people who receive questionable text messages:

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is. You can check similar websites to find out if they are legitimate or you can call the business directly to confirm—just make sure you are looking on their legitimate website to get the appropriate contact information. If you have fallen victim to this, or a similar, scam, please report it to your local law enforcement agency.

In a news release issued earlier this year, the Better Business Bureau offered additional information on the scam and tips to for those who receive such text messages.

Local Guy May 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM
two received in the past month. Googled it, nationwide scam...
Kendall Lauren May 17, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I've also received this twice now, and if you haven't entered a contest to win anything in the last month I think it's pretty clear it's a scam!
Kat Stremlau May 17, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I got one this morning! Same exact text. I do feel bad for the less experienced user who may not realize that texts can be scams.
Karin Hsiao May 18, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I got one yesterday morning. Since I never shop at Best Buy, I was suspicious right away, but I agree with Kat ... I feel for less experienced users who might be sucked in. Thanks for the confirmation of the scam.

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