The old adage “if it sounds too good to be true, it is” clearly applies in this example of SPAM text messages claiming gift cards at a highly discounted rate.
There are several red-flags that show this type of advertisement is likely a scam:
- Unsolicited telemarketing via automated messages is illegal. This includes unsolicited telemarketing text messages. Anyone that sends you such a text is flouting the law and is unlikely to be offering anything legitimate.
- Companies just don’t give away something for nothing. The best discount you can hope for on a gift card is from one of the many secondary marketplaces that exist. You are unlikely to get better than a 20% discount on a gift card an popular gift cards (like Walmart) are in high demand and sell for a much smaller discount.
- The text messages claim the gift cards are free but upon further investigation, there is a small fee.