I got a text message this afternoon, saying that the next 1000 people to follow this link and enter the code 1000 would win a $1000 gift card. I must have been half asleep, because I actually bought it and clicked the link.
Well that was a mistake…
It’s a scam!
I kept going because the sites and the url’s looked more or less legit and by the time I realized it wasn’t I’d already given most of my personal contact info. That should have been the red flag when they asked for that, but like I said, I was half asleep.
It turned out to be that scam where, in order to get the gift card, you have to first buy in to three of the “special offers” and then get three of your friends to do it too. THEN you get the gift card… maybe. I don’t know because as soon as I recognized the scam, I hung up.
Here comes the spam
The worst part about this is, I know that an avalanche of spam is now headed my way. My email is relatively safe given I use Gmail, but that’s not going to help with text message spam. Mental note: next time give out my Google Voice number. Better spam protection than AT&T.
Come to think of it, maybe that’s not fair. Part of the reason I fell for this was, I almost never get spam texts. Maybe that’s something AT&T is actually doing right by me?
Well, consider yourself warned
I should have remembered the first rule of the Internet: if something looks too good to be true, it’s a trap!
I wrote this up because the most recent article on it was written a month or two ago and the structure of the spam message had changed. I figured a fresh warning wouldn’t hurt and, hey, maybe it would throw some traffic at this poor neglected site.
Anyway, don’t click yes. End of story.