Consumers across the tri-state are receiving a text message claiming they qualify to receive $175 in free groceries from Target due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, clicking the link has been reported to install malware or viruses on your device, allowing scammers access to your personal information, such as passwords, banking information, or credit card numbers. It may also allow the scammers access to your contacts or social media profiles, which they can then use to scam others.
Target has advised the public not to click on or respond to online ads offering free gift cards claiming to be from their company, as they are often scams.
BBB offers the following tips if you receive text messages, calls, or emails offering free gift cards:
Contact the company directly to confirm whether or not they are actually offering a free gift card promotion.
Don’t click on links in texts from senders you don’t recognize, especially if you were not expecting the text.
If you have clicked on a questionable link, run antivirus software on your devices, and change your passwords. Be sure to also check your bank statements and credit reports regularly for suspicious activity.