In Your Corner Scam Alert: Gift card text

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Oklahomans, like Jamie Doepel, continue to receive a text message with the offer of a free Target gift card worth $1,000.

The bogus text and links look like the real deal.

“It had the dog, the bull’s eye, everything,” Jamie said. “It looks very official.” 

The text directs you to a series of websites which include even more offers of free stuff, including coupons, Wal-Mart and Best Buy gift cards, the Kindle Fire, ipads and iphones.

Jamie clicked on the link but decided against entering her personal information.  

It’s a good things she did.

Target tells the In Your Corner team the text didn’t come from them.  

We’ve learned this bogus website is actually registered to someone in the Bahamas.

Bottom-line is there is no free prize.

Whoever is behind this phishing scheme is after your personal information and could either sell it to a third-party or use it to steal your identity.

We suggest contacting your cell phone provider to block spam messages all together.

Phishing scams are no joke. Safeguard your personal information by deleting all unsolicited texts messages and emails.

The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office encourages you to file a complaint with them here.

Scott also urges you sign up for Oklahoma’s Do Not Call List and the National Do Not Call Registry.

Avoiding online surveys and sweepstakes, while limiting your number of mobile app downloads will also help you avoid spam messages.