I’ve already covered how you’re not getting a $1,000 Walmart Gift Card just for liking a page on Facebook.
Now there’s a text message version of the scam that directs victims to a website that asks for personal information.
At this point, I think we can call out a general identity theft and scam prevention tip, one you can keep in the back of your mind for all time:
You’re probably never going to get a free $1,000 Walmart gift card, ever.
Read that, then read it again. Remember it for the rest of your life. It doesn’t matter which communication channel the alleged offer shows up through, it’s a scam.
Facebook or Twitter? Scam.
Text message? Same deal.
Phone call? You guessed it.
Pony Express? Scam, but you’d have to admire their dedication, if nothing else.
I suppose there might be a scenario in which you could win a gift card, such as a raffle at your church or other reputable organization. But you have to actively enter to be eligible for those. People don’t just contact you out of the blue to give away massive gift cards. It would be nice if they did, but wishing something is true does nothing to alter the cold, hard facts.