Spam Cell Phone Scam Happens!!!
You get a text message saying you won or can earn a “free” $1,000 gift card to retailers like Best Buy, Target and Walmart. Stupid you falls for the trap as you are then lured to websites that ask you to provide credit card information to sign up for trial offers.
A more recent online ad scam targets low income consumers receiving SNAP benefits by offering free toilet paper (an item not covered by food stamps). Clickers are then lured to websites that ask them to provide extensive personal information in a 15 minute plus online interview process. Guess what??? No Toilet Paper. No S@&%!!!
Now Back to Spam Cell Phone Scams.
Last year the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made a major enforcement sweep against text massage spammers and affiliate marketers who used false promises of free gift cards.
As result, two affiliate-marketing scammers (in Pennsylvania & Texas) and their company (Advert Marketing, Inc.), recently agreed to settle FTC charges for $4.2 million for sending millions of unwanted text messages to consumers across the U.S. to consumers with false promises of $1,000 gift cards.
Best advice is to ignore any text messages or emails offering you “free” stuff that does not make any sense.
Also, stay on top of the latest scams with CardTrak’s #SCAMTRAK.
The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).