Free $1000 Walmart and Best Buy Gift Card Scam

There are multiple advertisements in the Internet like “Get a Free $1000 Best Buy Gift Card“. Beware! It’s a fraud! In fact these scammers will suck more than $1000 out of you, and what is even more important – you may experience what identity lost is, and will receive just a piece of plastic instead of promised gift card.

The simple reason why it can’t be true is “It is extremely good to be true“. This single reason should turn you away from this scam right at the moment you see it. Let’s see how they work.

Here is an example of such an advertisement in the Internet at

Free 1000 Best Buy Gift Card Ad

Looks great, right?

What you see here is:

  • “Enter your E-mail Address”
  • “Participation Required. Click for Details” – it is almost invisible comparing to the main offer

So many people may think that if it is even a scam, they can only steal your e-mail address and ask to fill some survey. So, you provide “e-mail for spam” address.

But let’s scroll down a bit:

Free 1000 Best Buy Gift Card Ad Details

Are you able to read anything here?… It tells:

By entering your email and continuing, you certify that you are a US resident over the age of 18 and that you agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions. You agree to receive promotional emails and special offers from trusted 3rd parties. is an independent rewards program and not associated with any of the above listed merchants or is solely responsible for all reward fulfillment. In order to receive your reward you must: (1) Meet the eligibility requirements (2) complete the survey (3) complete a total of 10 Reward Offers as stated in the Terms & Conditions (4) not cancel your participation in more than a total of 2 Reward Offers within 30 days of any Reward Offer Sign-Up Date as outlined in the Terms & Conditions (the Cancellation Limit) and (5) follow the redemption instructions.

Even from here we may see that it will be a lot of spam to your e-mail address, home, address, phones from “trusted 3rd parties”.

Let’s read Terms and Conditions at

  • “ is solely responsible…”: But who is Who people should contact in case of problems?
  • “This offer is available to US residents only”: What the heck it is being advertised in Canada?! By the way, there are exceptions for US residents also
  • “you must complete all of the steps outlined herein”: This makes more sense now
  • “acquire two sponsor action points from the Top Offers Group”: this (and two items below) may cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars, because you will have to use their services or products
  • “two offers from the Prime Offers Group”
  • “and 9 offers from the Premium Offers Group”: total 13 offers. It will take hours of your time
  • refer three friends to do the same“: it is a must, otherwise no “Free” $1000 Gift Card
  • Multiple mentioning of  “… will result in the cancellation of your membership” if you do something not like they want. I.e. you will spend hours of your time, share your valuable personal information, and waste a lot of money on their offers, but they will still cancel you membership and won’t send you gift card.
  • “In cases of a financial offer such as a credit card, the card must be activated by making a purchase”: Every credit card application drops down your credit score. If you are going to apply for a mortgage or another big credit, it may cost you tens of thousand dollars, or even more.
  • “the user must remain a card holder for at least 60 days”: In any case you won’t see your “Free” Best Buy Gift Card earlier than in 2-3 months, most likely never…
  • “For paid retail offers you must accept the item/service and pay in full“: You can not return it or even re-sell. If they think that you are going to re-sell it, they will cancel your membership
  • Additional terms and conditions may apply to participation in select marketing offers”: it could be $1450 bi-weekly fee for something
  • “require individuals to provide documentation demonstrating they have completed the advertiser requirements”

The very important item:

  • “You have up to ninety days from the original date of your membership registration to complete the membership incentive program and redeem your incentive gift“… “Once we have received your verification, your gift will be sent within thirty days“.

It basically says that the promised $1000 gift card can NEVER be used at Best Buy or Walmart even if you complete all the required offers. It takes over two-three months to complete advertiser’s requirements, then you have to prove it. But you also have to redeem the gift card which they sent within 30 days, so we already have at least 90 days… Even it they send, the gift card will be already canceled, because 90 days passed…


Forgot to add that it’s not easy to leave that page because of the multiple pop-up advertisements like this one:

Free 1000 Best Buy Gift Card Ad - Pop Up

Do not fall into “5 min internet survey”! Terms and condition are still valid! These scammers must be prosecuted at least for deceptive advertisement, but actually for fraud.

After closing this one, other ads coming up, like “Get Your Apple iPad® 2″, “Apple iPad® 2 Reserved Exclusively For You!”, etc…


Brand Giveaway Center

This one is another website:

It offers “FREE $1000 Gift Card of your choice” to the following locations:

JCPenney, Sears, Toys “R” Us, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Kohl’s, Target

Beware of this as well! Terms and conditions make it absolutely impossible to receive “Free $1000 Gift Card”


69 comments to Free $1000 Walmart and Best Buy Gift Card Scam

  • Jackie

    I didn’t know that this was a scam, I put in my information, stupidly and now they’re “sending” me gifts in the mail. I received a call today and the man told me that I would be receiving magazines and a Walmart gift card…..I hope I don’t get charged…I am worried…anyone know how I can cancel this :(

  • Tiffany Moulder

    are there any surveys that are true?

  • Joe

    Trueler’s note: WARNING!
    seems like this comment came from person associated with – another site offering “Free $1000 Gift Cards”

    Original comment:

    These ARENT scams!!!.If you know what you are doing,you will recieve your $1000 gift card.I completed all the requirements (free trials, spent aprox.$20),got product to use in which some I got to keep.And low and behold,in less than 6 weeks I received my $1000 gift card that I used at walmart.I recommend anyone to do it.It really IS legit

  • Trueler


    Yes, they are scams. According to their “terms and conditions” it is absolutely impossible to get free $1000 gift card.


  • I like how Joe’s name is a hyperlink to brandgiveaway. You already pointed it out; I just wanted to lol about it

  • andrea

    I wanna canecl the walmart gift card

  • Jenna Gravy

    WTF? this didn’t even show up as an actual email but a notification within my mail account. Not impressed.

  • Rachel Ottawa

    There are some surveys that are real- I have won many small prizes from them.
    But nothing like a $1,000 gc for anywhere.
    I have won $100 a few times from product surveys.

    Some surveys I get by email they will give you $1 or $2 sometimes too or a free product coupon.
    I have won tons of small contests and used to enter 50+ per day and usually won something small weekly.
    Now that I have not bothered lately…no winnings now!

  • ann

    I realized by participating in these so called surveys, I give out too much personal infos,wasted my valuable time redandancy & annoys me to no end because they insist in selling you something I’m not interested & ends up without good results.

  • FC

    this promotion poped up when i went to best buy website, so they must of found a new way to push there scam out to make it appear as if it is affiliated with the retailer, they have you fill info as to where to send gift card, and requires cell phone number, i then get text on my phone saying i am being charged 9.95/mo for some BS info alerts. what a total scam!

  • Shawn

    I recieved a text saying I have been randomely selected for a 1,000 dollar best buy gift card… Hahaha I’m not that stupid.Always do your homework before you give out any personal info to ANYONE!!!!

  • jordan

    Yeah, I got text messages saying I am being charged 9.95 a month as well. It just does not make any sense at all. It really ruined my day.

  • joanna

    I got a tex today saying i won a 1000 dollar gift card for best buy tried to do it and got lost in surveys and hit a end and it stoped where my 1000 bucks is it a scam or what here the number i looked it up based out of ny 3478578434 any clues lol

  • nukescammers

    Caveat Emptor!If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. I got the $1,000 Wal Mart card scam notice this AM and ignored it. These parasites are as annoying as the Nigerian vermin looking to give you $5,000,000 to invest for them. Most of the scams originate in Canada, UK and E. Europe. I send all involved in these scams my finest 1 fingered salute.

  • derek

    Just got this on my phone as a text with a link, a bot must have picked up my phone number off of craigslist or something…so they can hit you there too. Fortunately, its easy enough to close a browser window without popups on an iphone. Block this number (347)470-4868.

  • Mystasia

    If that is a spam then How smart are you? Then where is the real stuff then? They should not be able to put this stuff on the enternet…

  • Trueler

    Hi Mystasia,

    There are a lot of scam going on in the Internet. It’s pretty easy to create a website and promise free stuff or huge discounts these days.


  • David G

    My wife and I got the text message today from a different number…(347)-541-6579. Area code (347) is in New York City and seems to be a common source of scams…when I Googled “area code 347″ I got a drop down with “area code 347 scams” as an option…

  • Jessica

    yea just got one of these scam messages through my was around 8 am (too early for a best buy to be open) so it couldn’t have been through an actual best buy etc,etc… definitely beware

  • I started filling it out. It was late in the day and I was tired and stupid. Fortunately I had the sense to get online and check them out before submitting my info. SCAMMERS! What a shame they are somehow able to sneak BestBuy’s name in there and make themselves appear to be legit. I just filled out a customer satisfaction survey from BestBuy, so I thought they were thanking me for my participation. Thanks to everyone for the info.

  • mark Sanford

    I put in my email, hit “continue” . . . but then did not put in anything else. Is anything going to happen if this is as far as I got?


  • Jay

    Actually been tracking these guys. The are hosted by Have just reported them and asking them to shut them done. I was successful about 4 weeks ago and I just tracked them to this…

  • i,like to go shoping ””’

  • Jill Martin

    I just received an email from this company… I didn’t think it was a scam, because I sometimes get texts from Best Buy on deals and cell phone stuff… I entered all of my information in… then, about 1/2 way through, I put my number in the Do Not Call Registry. I just hope that they don’t get my bank information by that info. :-\

  • Sue

    Hi I actually signed up for a survey off of an authentic Walmart receipt straight from the store. About two weeks later I got an email that said that I had won a 1000 dollar gift certificate, but I was also getting these popups that were not associated with the survey company I took the authentic survey from. I am afraid to reply back to anything but I am afraid maybe I won the legitimate survey gift! It’s most frustrating because I REALLY could use the money. Anybody know which are legit and which are not?

  • Brian

    Never mind the expiry hook, the biggest hook is the fact you have to get others to sign up. Most people won’t since they know its a scam. Meanwhile you still have given them all your personal information.

    @Sue: Make sure you spelled the website name correctly. Scammers love to use website names close to legit ones to catch people who accidentally make a spelling mistake in the website name.

  • Hi,

    I have been doing freebies since 2006, and the company behind has paid me for years. They sent me a $1,000.00 Wells Fargo Visa gift card to replace the Wal-Mart card I registered for. And, since I also qualified for the $250.00 bonus offer, they rewarded me with a $250.00 check!

    Taken from my blog:

    A proof pic of my $1,000.00 Wells Fargo Visa can be found here:

    A proof pic of my $250.00 bonus can be found here:

    I don’t work for this company, or ANY DIY company for that matter. I am just a freebie enthusiast who blogs about the freebie/lead generation industry. My goal is to safeguard people from scams, and lead them to legitimate networks.

    There was a company I pursued that cheated me out of $4,600.00 3 years ago (Active Response Group), so you MUST be careful. But not every site out there is a scam, you must fully research the company at work. I am willing to help anyone with questions about their gifts, or these companies. My e-mail:



  • Amina

    I was so dumb, I filled out all the info. Even though,
    I knew it wasn’t real:(

  • i just received this message on my T-mobile phone, as a text message, that i had been randomly selected, and could claim my prize, i filled out the reply form with a mailing address, i also filled out a very short survey,, i was given a verification claim # through my phone, i do not knoe if this will actually be a good card or not.. but since i wasn’t solicited for cash , i assume the fact that i willbe put on some sort of mailing list ,, probably a lot of them,, so that’s my xperience so far….

  • Moon Kim

    I had to join other sites. Columbia DVD. You cannot cancel membership unless you pay around $70 for DVD.
    This is fraud.

  • Eddie

    I just received this text message on my Cricket phone.
    I didn’t fall the email scam, I’ve seen thousands since
    the early 1990′s.

    From: 3476014176
    Received: April 15, 2012
    You have been randomly selected for a BestBuy gift. Get your $1000 gift card at

  • Jay

    Just got the same info as all of you.
    Came in on my cell from 347-450-9437 here in Canada.
    Started to input some info and seemed like BS, so I Read this site before sending anything.
    Hate to wish ill of anybody…but just this once..I hope they get eye cancer.

  • ben

    Was just contacted with free gift card offer. Obviously SCAM! Don’t trust this number wanted it on the web. F-in parasites. 347-855-7446

  • ben

    I think it is good idea to post their newest # on a blog, or somewhere on the web as general rule of thumb(as I have just done). Helps call attention to them and others who google their number will see quickly it’s a scam. Saved me once before from being easy target. Thanks Trueler for the forum to oust these trolls! Remember noobs if unsure about offer, google it, so easy a cave man could do it :o)

  • Teri from Anaheim, CA

    i received the same message wed. 4/25 from phone #804-867-7894. does anyone know if Best Buy is trying to find the scum bags doing this?

  • dave

    while i realize that these messages are not originating from the actual retailers, anyone who receives one should immediately stop doing business with the retailer. the retailers are the only ones with the resources to go after these scammers, but they will not do so until it affects their bottom line. an individual such as myself is powerless to stop these messages. i receive them regularly at 5:00 a.m. waking me up, and i follow all of the correct complaint procedures, and still they keep coming at a cost to me of $.25 each. these people can be caught and prosecuted, but they will not be until one of these corporations decide to spend some money to catch the callers. Walmart and BestBuy have both lost me as a customer!

  • suzie

    I just spent the whole night trying to look into the $1000. giftcard scam. I have FMS, so I don’t sleep much. Anyway, i got a message on my phone with the incredable luck that i had just won a $1000~gift card …that was late Sunday, around 11 pm 4.29.12. Because it was not an email, I called the #: 1 310 962 3901. not a surprise, the # had not set up an ansewring service. This phone is new, but so is my #. Then
    about 4:20am, my old phone rang, it also had the same message. same address to go to and the same winning code to put in, but this came from a different ph.#: 1 310 890 4579…with the same message, hadn’t been set up yet, not a surprise. I did some research and it goes to a site called, ConsumerRewards, site, wanting personal info. Knowing I’m not lucky, and surely not that lucky to win on both phones within 12 hours…I did get in touch with Bestbuy and asked if they had known about it? The young man said they were aware and they were in the process of investigating it, and to avoid it, and warn others that it is being looked into, but very hard to track it down because they continue to move and change numbers. It did come up with a Java Script Alert, but no other info could I retrieve from my annoyance of having it come up on my old and my new phone.
    I have only had the 2nd # less than a month and can’t figure the connection, except fb and maybe a friends info. I am quite sure they have many ways…but i know that Bestbuy is ‘closing’ very many of it’s stores and “laying off” alot of people across thecountry…could be some very unhappy emplyees, check it out on the web. well my friends, you are not alone, just be very carefull…and as they say, “if it looks too good to be true, it probably is !!” PEACE !! B~AWARE… Suzie

  • Ryan

    Ha ha… I started just putting random numbers in the winning code box and I still win every time! What a scam.

  • Susan

    just recieved a text message stating, “Your entry last month WON! Go to http:/ and enter your winning code:”6655″ to claim your FREE $1,000 BestBuy Giftcard! The phone number is (917) 664-4335 I automatically deleted this off my phone! You should too! Too good to be true!

  • Jamison

    Got a text earlier this morning, and being tired … not thinking clearly … I responded fo the “FREE $1,000 gift card offer,” before checking if it was legit. [Text came from this number: (412) 680-4562 (Pittsburgh area.] The my question is: WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW???? What will happen since I sent my address & phone numbers? I’ve paid no money and won’t. SUGGESTIONS???

  • Jamison

    How do we stop these kinds of things?

  • Jamison

    I am responding about this lousy website: Http:// I got the referral in a text message on my phone, sent from this cell phone based in the Pittsburgh area: (412) 680-4562. It was offering a “FREE $1,000 Best Buy gift card, and I foolishly fell for it, without checking to see if it was legit. Questions: 1) What should I do now? 2) What can I expect next? (All I’ve given is address & phones.) HELP!!! I’d like to help others avoid this too.

  • Believe'm

    Believem, The truth about these calls is tracking and some are even people looking for someone or looking to keep track of someone. Also look around your home to see what is missing. Is your car breaking down? Were you rearened? Ever time I start getting these call/texts, something happens.

  • Larry

    What a joke.Got the text,for $1000.GIFT CARD.Enter a code.I DECIDED not to.Yes,to good to be true.Scamville…

  • Lola

    Please advise…

    This is the opening page when I open I.E.
    How can I get rid of it?

  • christina

    Omg . I just did this and they called me and I participated . Didn’t give them any credit card numbers though ‘cus they didn’t ask and wouldn’t have given it to them anyways . Can someone please tell me what will or might happen next ? I’m so scared , i don’t want to get scammed .

  • Sparks

    I got a text message today, saying that I won a $1000 gift card and to go to a website to claim it. Of course, I went on the website and started filling out the form. Then, when I came to the submit button, which was suppose to have them send out the gift card to me via FedE; I froze. A part of me blurted out that this is too good to be true and that I should be careful. Thus, I started researching this Gift Card thing. I went to Yahoo and typed in “best buy rewards + 1000 gift card + scam” and found this website. I, immediately, started going backwards on the Gift Card pages and deleting my information. I hope that nothing will happen since I haven’t hit the “submit” button yet.
    In a world, where the economy is bad and people are struggling to make it through. There are evil people like these who will try to rip off other people’s money. I pray that these people get the punishment that they deserve. Amen.

  • Kristie

    I got the silly text message and went to the website because I had previously entered a legit contest so I thought there might be a connection. I entered my e-mail and hit the continue button. When I saw the address and all that information, I instantly looked for some kind of statement that ensured that this information would not be abused. And I saw in the fine text, that the website wasn’t involved with the associated merchants. Obviously if they’re not involved with BestBuy you can’t get a BestBuy gift card. I exited the site, and will not further waste my time with future texts like these. I’ve gotten them before but didn’t give them the light of day; I don’t know why I even wasted my time with this one.

  • Barbie

    I got a text on my cellphone saying I am a winner #59339 for a Best Buy 1,000 dollar Holiday Gift Card. To enter the code 425 at the website of
    Well, I have not done anything with it. It came from the phone # 325-261-9305. I know its a scam simply because I never win anything, especially that much. I deleted the text. What irritates me is these other countries that apparently think us American’s are idiots and fall for this stuff. My nephew fell for a online site that has a name of USA loans. He filled out the info. and he had to go to wire supposidly the tax amount for the loan he wanted and he would have the money in his bank account. HA, well they ripped him off. They took his 350 dollars and never gave him a loan. Then they had the nerve to call him threatening that if he didn’t pay a payment by wire they were going to come to his house. He contacted the FBI, Police and whoever else he could about it. He never even got the money and they were calling him threatening they needed his first payment up front. Unbeleivable…. I made him change all of his information and bank account immediately. I so hate scammers….

  • Barbie

    Sparks, Oh yes agreed, Amen……..

  • Josephine Pruitt

    How can you say that this was a scam? they ask you to do a survey then you have to purchase two items from a list. I purchased books and movies for my grandchildren. The payment for those wasn’t a scam,considering that I recieved those books and movies.I think Wal-Mart is screwing me over. I want my $1000 gift card that I deserve considering I did my part in order to recieve that card. I should sue Wal-Mart for false advertising.If they don’t want to give out goft cards for free in those promotions they shouldn’t have the promotiopns in the first place. I only have one thing to say, i ordered movies an books got those so I want my gift card. You can’t
    get away with false advertising. Thank You, Josephine Pruitt

  • Legendtamer

    276-207-8372 Is the number i got the text from.

  • Buzzard

    Many of these spam texts are coming address-washed through

    Complain to, the FCC, and your State Attorney General.

    Get ownership info about any website or domain name at WhoIs.Net

    Read articles on “Bitly” and “URL shortening.”

    Read the dated 12/4/2012 “How to stop those annoying you won a gift card text messages.” has an article on Best Buy $1000 Gift Card Scams.

    Don’t reply to the texts and don’t visit their website.

  • Danny

    Im living proof that these are NOt scams,if you know what you are doing,you WILL get a $1000 gift card.I did,and only spent $25 total for the trials and actually got benefit out of ALL of the products,like Netflix.i do recommend it.



  • Will Seekyew

    The scary part is that I was contacted by a “” a little over 5 hours after making a purchase at a Best Buy store, and they seemed to have access to most of the info I had given during the purchase, as well as other info I had NOT given. Looks like a good time to start a serious disinformation campaign to muddy up my available data

  • randal payne

    i would like my 1000 dollar gift card

  • Toni Davis

    I received tex on my phone stating I won $1000 gift code. To give code 3442 to claim my prize.

  • Cam

    Same deal only this time it was You Tube. I fill out surveys often for various sites I frequent or buy from. It asked to answer 30 questions from youtube after the first , Gender, email and phone number, the survey stopped and was at the thanks for your participation field.
    When asked which prize offered would I prefer, I had hit submit before I realized what an idiot I was. Now, I am afraid as well.
    Thanks for this site, I am asking, since I gave them nothing but my email and phone they can not charge me for anything, right?
    Thanks for any help

  • Beatrice Wright

    My name is beatrice so the reason why come i`m doing thhis becauser my grand kids need some help with their christmas this year for 2013 because I don`t have no money this time to perpare for them so I hope that I`m not too later for this ok but they are all under 10 year of age and I will thank god if I can get someone to just help with this one christmas for me please my address is 404 Roosevvelt street Dublin Georgia 31021 home phone number is 478 274 1548 like I say I will thank god for beening here in this world this time because the next one might not be promise to me so like I said if I has money I will be glad to help any one in this world with anything that they need becauase some people got lucker with what they have in this world but god want everybody to share some time with the other people that don`t have any thing are not much and that person is just like me don`t have much.thank god for beening a life.

  • Raven

    Hi, um I made the mistake of filling out all of the info and i’m a teen what exactly is going to happen because I am very scared thanks,~R

  • Felton Williams

    I, received a card stating that I, won a $ 250,00 gift card for wal mart and best buy however, I, was told to send $68,00 for three subscriptions of magazines the phon number is 1-877-251-3058 is this a scam or legitmate?

  • Sarah

    Complete scam artists!!!.
    I completed all 8 product offers, and to date have only received credit for 7. I sent “customer service” a ticket and still NO ONE has addressed it.

    Truth of the matter is that the only gifts you’ll receive are the ones you actually pay for!!! STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCAM!!!

  • Maria Bouchard

    I got e-mail saying I won a Walmart gift card for a $1,000. I want to know if it a scan or what cause it will not let me active so what is the deal I complete the suvery who do I need to content to find out why they are sending me this suvery to complete and get nothing in return

  • Benjamin

    Wake up asshole s it all a scam nothing is free in this world. You just hovering them your information .stop and wake up. Or you will wake up with your identity stolen.

  • andrew4043

    I read once that even if you type your information in but did not press SUBMIT, it will still send that information to the scammer.
    Is this true???

  • Safe

    These things are not what they were at one time.Now every last one of them is a scam. even this site might be a scam .
    Nothing is sacred or safe anymore it would seem.
    just trash the free you won this spam and keep on going.

  • JR Cotrellio

    Maybe you can alert your readers to this scam. They offer you a $1000Gift certificate card worth$1,000 of free overstocked and surplus merchandise from major retailers,and it is nothing but a scam.You can order up to $1,000 dollars of products for FREE and only pay shipping and handling which is a lie.The only problem is the shipping and handling costs about the same as the retail of the product ordered.Please check out the website.There is no way that S&H can be 90% of the cost of the free products ordered.

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