Monday, May 28, 2012

Best to not buy into this scam

 I don't remember entering into a contest for bestbuy.ca, but I received the following text message today:

"Congratulations, your mobile number has made you a winner! Goto http://www.bestbuy.ca.wonacontest.com to claim your prize! You have 24 hours to claim your prize."
If it sounds too good to be true? It probably is.  Look at this phishing web site URL closely.  Look closelier.  NOW you see it.  bestbuy.ca.wonacontest.com is not bestbuy.ca, it's wonacontest.com, which is clearly a scam website.  I think they text you and call at the same time.  The text came from 1-347-821-8805, which 800notes.com says is sketchy and used for other things as well.  Do not believe this.  scam. 

Maybe an hour later I received a phone call from 1-866-858-7429, which seems to want to pretend to be shaw cable.  Which it probably isn't.  Said the call originated in the USA, which I found odd but could just be my cell phone's configuration.

 For more infocheck out 800notes.com.   Don't get tricked.  Basically, if they have an Indian accent, they're totally scammers.

http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-347-821-4670
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-866-858-7429
 
If you ever find a phishing website and wish to report it to google, check out  http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/report_phish/ and http://www.antiphishing.org/.  The scammers are getting slightly less incompetent so be vigilant!

36 comments:

mrchristian said...

Very timely. i got the same message today !

Anonymous said...

same here.. got the message just a couple of minutes. lol

Anonymous said...

Got the same text and I have virus protection on my Android phone, so I figured what the hell... I click the link. My protection then notified me it was a "malicious" sight, and asked if i wanted to continue anyways. No thanks. LOL

Anonymous said...

yep, i found the website address really odd.

Anonymous said...

I live in Canada and I had the same message today from 1-917-601-5719. If you actually go to that .ca .com site it brings you to zinga

Another prize I can't actually claim :P :( lol

Tiara said...

Thanks for this post! I got this text & googled it & was directed to your site...I new it was too good to be true since I never win anything, lol!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the info. Is this going to be like that other scam that kept texting me all. day. long. for I forget what? It was driving a friend and me nuts. Yay, scammers.

~ Seana

Anonymous said...

Got this message today from 917-601-7323, thought it looked suspicious that it was .ca.won____ and my phone doesn't have a data plan anyway so I couldn't check it. I also never win anything, haha

Anonymous said...

Just got this text... I assumed it was BS. The number I got this from was: 1-347-819-2679. I live in Ontario, Canada... It's almost 1am. I'm sure Best Buy would text me this late at night. (note sarcasm). Thanks for posting... Just checking to get more info about these jackasses should anyone I know get the same.

Anonymous said...

got another number 19176019228

Anonymous said...

Another number 347-522-0452

Anonymous said...

Got this message a few minutes ago, from 917-225-4943...

Anonymous said...

I live in Canada and i got the same message today from (917) 225-4943

Anonymous said...

1212 7291744

Anonymous said...

I live in Canada, and got the same message today from 1-917-756-6472

Anonymous said...

me too, from 13477038715

Anonymous said...

I also received it this afternoon from 1.347.205.0235

Anonymous said...

1-917-756-6480 just now, but no phone call and just one text that had 24 hours to claim at the end

Anonymous said...

^ at 11:55pm

Anonymous said...

At 1:00

Anonymous said...

Just got the same text at 16468841519

Anonymous said...

another number 1-347-453-0116

Anonymous said...

"Congratulations, your number made you BestBuy's winner of the day! Goto http://www.bestbuy.ca.wonacontest.com to claim your prize! You have 24 hours to claim" was the message I received at 3:59 AM (which woke me up btw). The number was from: 1 212 729-1744 (212 is a New York area code).

I knew it wasn't best buy right away because I never give out my cell number. Also, my phone told me that there was an error and the URL couldn't be shown. I've never had a message like that pop up before.

Thank you for having this warning on your blog. It was one of the first links I found when I searched for that website.

Anonymous said...

"Congratulations, your number made you BestBuy's winner of the day! Goto http://www.bestbuy.ca.wonacontest.com to claim your prize! You have 24 hours to claim" was the message I received at 3:59 AM (which woke me up btw). The number was from: 1 212 729-1744 (212 is a New York area code).

I knew it wasn't best buy right away because I never give out my cell number. Also, my phone told me that there was an error and the URL couldn't be shown. I've never had a message like that pop up before.

Thank you for having this warning on your blog. It was one of the first links I found when I searched for that website.

Anonymous said...

Just to pipe in, I got this message today too (June 04 2012) - in Ottawa, Canada at a 613 cell number. Googled the email address they gave and found this forum.

Wasn't home so I don't know about the follow up call, but I do recall getting a call from 'Microsoft' last week to warn me about a major computer infection on my computer. Thick Indian accent on the call. I'm Desi too, so I told him in my best thick Indian accent that and he transferred me to a 'senior technician" who asked me what version of Windows I was using, so I spelled it out U-B-U-N-T-U to him. As an FYI, saying "Goo khalo, chamar" then hang up. (read it just as its spelled - means "eat crap, idiot" - might as well have some fun with it.

Anonymous said...

I also live in Canada and got a text a couple hours ago from 1-917-756-6472 stating the same thing. I kind of wondered if it was legit, just because I did buy my phone from Best Buy, but when I went to the site, it took me to wonacontest.com, which is very obviously not Best Buy. Thanks for the info!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for everyone posting on this sight. I also had same message, and always suspicious when anyone wants my full name, address. birth date, numbers, etc. and wanting to know if I have credit card debt over $10,000.00. Why would they want this info to give you a $1,000.00 prize???
This may be identity theft and it is not part of bestBuy. Never give out personal info to an unknown sight.

Johnny Mcnally said...

I got the same message from 646-915-6791

Anonymous said...

My co-worker & I both got the same msg around the same time. wow what a small world... both winners sitting right beside each others LOL

(I got it from 917 number)

Anonymous said...

got the message this morning...from 718-974-1510

Anonymous said...

got the same message today at 5:21pm fron 19177045360

Anonymous said...

Live in Toronto, Got the same message from 1 (647) 226-8069

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone,
I live in Toronto. I've got the same text message one June 05, 2012 from 718 974 1510. I phoned the number, but it went to a voice mail which had not been initialized. I am glad that I googled the link given in the text. It is definitely a fraudulent one.

Here is the text that I received:
"Congratulations, your number made you BestBuy's winner of the day! Go to http://www.bestbuy.ca.woncontest.com to claim your prize! You have 24 hours to claim."

Anonymous said...

I'm in Toronto and was woken up by the same message this morning just after 6am from 917-704-5384.
Thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

I'm in Toronto. Received it twice this morning from 19177569766 and 19177569732. Wow! I won 2 times!My co-worker received one yesterday.

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