There is a Facebook post that states if you share a Target ad that says get a free $500 Target voucher, write the comment, "Thank you Target" and the click like you will get a voucher for that amount.
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text message received:
"Your entry last month has WON! Go to http://targetcontest.com/ and enter code 4787 to claim your FREE $1000 Target Gift Card within
Origins: In mid-November 2012, a survey scam purporting to offer free $500 Target vouchers or $1000 gift cards to those who followed particular links then did as told once there spread via
Those links led to web pages (which were not operated or sponsored by Target) that asked the unwary to click what appeared to be Facebook "share" buttons and post comments to the scammer's site (which was really a ruse to dupe users into spreading the scam by sharing it with all of their Facebook friends). Those who followed such instructions were then led into a set of pages prompting them to input a fair amount of personal information (including name, age, address, and phone numbers), complete a lengthy series of surveys, and finally sign up (and commit to paying) for at least two "Reward Offers" (e.g., Netflix subscriptions, credit report monitoring services, prepaid credit cards):
Other recent survey scams of similar construction include:
- $500 or $1,000 Target gift cards [November 2012]
- $100 or $1,000 Walmart gift cards [March 2012]
- $50 or $100 Starbucks gift cards [October 2011]
- $25 Tim Hortons gift cards [October 2011]
- Apple iPods, iPhones, or MacBooks in memory of Steve Jobs [October 2011]
Spilewsky, Olga. "Walmart Warns of Texting Scam That Promises $1,000 Gift Card." NBC-4 [Los Angeles]. 25 April 2012. CBS 4 [Denver]. "Walmart Gift Card Text Hits Phones Across Denver Metro Area." 7 March 2012.