Scam Alert: Gift Card Texting Scam - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Scam Alert: Gift Card Texting Scam

Wichita Falls, TX -- The Better Business Bureau is alerting people of the gift card texting scam.

“It's going around pretty rampant and people are falling for it,” said Kevin Westmoreland, a Wichita Falls resident that has received one of the texts.

He said he also knows many people have also come across or have fallen victim.

"It doesn't take much and what they’re basically trying to do is get information," said Westmoreland.

The way the scam works you receive a text message with a link stating you won $1,000. Once you click the link, it asks for your personal information.

Upon giving them your information you are willing or unwillingly signing up for a monthly reoccurring charge of $9.99.

“It’s called cramming,” said Monica Horton, President of the North Texas Better Business Bureau. “This charge will typically show up on your cell phone bill.”

Horton told Newschannel 6 the scam happens at random. Recently their office has received about ten phone calls of people reporting incidents.

The BBB suggests if you receive a text of that sort to report it and delete.

"You can dispute the charges and we encourage you to contact your provider when you discover these," said Horton.

"It's pretty obvious whenever someone says you win a thousand dollars. Just text me back this information. Don’t ever text anyone your information," said Westmoreland.

You can check to make sure that you are not a victim of scam by checking your cell phone bill to see if there are any third party charges or you can report spam texts to your carrier by copying the original message and forwarding it to the number 7726 (SPAM),  and it's free of charge.   

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6 

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