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Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Popular Text Offering Prize is a Scam
(KUTV) For a brief moment, 13-year-old Hayley Lind saw her dream of getting a new iPhone coming true after she got a surprise text message on her current phone. "Attention Utah Best Buy shopper," it says. "Your entry has won … a $1000 gift card!"

"I thought that it would be really awesome if that was actually true,” Hayley said.

Hayley was suspicious, so she figured she better bounce this one off her mom, Joan.

"Who can't use $1000 this time of year?” Joan said.

Together, Joan and Hayley followed the instructions to claim the prize following a link to a website.

“It looked really legit,” Hayley said. “It was like really well made."

"I have been on the Best Buy website,” Joan said. “I know what it looks like. It looked just like the best buy website."

But then there was red flag: the website told Hayley and Joan to enter all sorts of personal information to claim the prize. They decided to Get Gephardt to investigate.

2News contacted Best Buy which confirmed that the text is a part of a phishing scam designed to steal people's identities and credit card information.In a statement Best Buy wrote, "We share the frustration of our customers, and are taking efforts that will put an end to this unauthorized use," of their name.  

As for Hayley, she didn't fall for the fake jackpot so her identity is safe.

Our investigation found that the website link in the text message was registered in the Bahamas.

(Copyright 2012 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
Popular Text Offering Prize is a Scam

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