DENVER (CBS4)– A text message offering a $1,000 Walmart gift card is hitting cellphones across the Denver metro area. Walmart says it’s a scam and they’re not behind it.

The text could come to your e-mail or cellphone. It offers a $1,000 gift card. It directs you to a website where you’re asked to enter your name, e-mail and cell phone number. It’s all a scam.

Walmart spokeswoman, Ashley Hardie, gave us this statement:

“We are very unhappy to learn that there is a scam intending to defraud our customers and we encourage them to contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or their state’s attorney general’s office. Walmart doesn’t participate in these types of promotions and has no affiliation with them. We don’t participate in any type of promotion that would ask for certain personal or financial information.”

4 On Your Side Consumer Investigator Jodi Brooks found that this text scam is sweeping through the Denver Metro Area. She found 5 cellphones that got the text just in the newsroom, and 45 people on Facebook responded that they or someone they knew had gotten the text.

It’s not clear how the scammers are getting cellphone numbers. There are databases of phone numbers available and they’re very valuable on the black market.

According to the Colorado Attorney General’s office, it’s hard to get off these lists. You can put your name on the Colorado No Call list and the National No Call list which should help cut down on the number of unsolicited calls you get.

If you get one of these texts, you can file a complaint on the Colorado Attorney General’s Web site. The more complaints they get the more likely they are to have an investigator go after the scammers.

Walmart does offer an opportunity for customers to get a $1,000 gift card. The offer is the result of filling out a customer service survey online. The survey does require a transaction number that comes off your receipt from the store, but it doesn’t ask for personal or financial information. If you win the gift card, Walmart will notify you by certified mail.

RELATED: More Reports By 4 On Your Side Consumer Investigator Jodi Brooks

– Written for the Web by CBS4 Special Projects Producer Libby Smith

Comments (34)
  1. Thelma Dibble says:

    I received it and found it was really worth $2,500 in cash. We went to Walmarts and put in lay away for our funerals.

  2. Albert says:

    They’ve made their way into New Jersey. File a complaint with your State Police

  3. Beverly Grindele says:

    I received the text first thing this morning (Sunday) from #619-559-9037. I’m in
    Sachse, TX( Dallas/Ft Worth metro area)

  4. yo says:

    Its in Los Angeles! Run! RUN RUN RUN (Exactly 28 days later… echh!)

  5. jabbar alguzi says:

    did i win the 1000 goft card?

  6. dkslc says:

    My wife got this message as well. We live in Utah. We recently moved to T-Mobile. I wonder if you all are on T-Mobile as well. Never happened while I was on AT&T

  7. Beth says:

    There is so much more going on here, I havent been to WalMart in months. Today I went and 15 minutes after checkout I recieved this text!! Is Walmart involved or was their data comprimised??

  8. Eryn says:

    I’m in British Columbia in Canada and just received the text. It’s annoying and obviously coming from quite a few different people as mine came from 1-917-515-4409

  9. Kaylie says:

    I’m from BC Canada and I got a text too.

  10. Andrea says:

    I just received a similar text in San Diego, California but it doesn’t say Walmart, just “Grocery Gift Card”! The text came from 818-324-5730

  11. Natalie says:

    Came to me in Michigan and it hit my local cell # here March 11, 2012 at 4:35pm EST.

  12. Clementine says:

    Got it in OK!

  13. Debbie says:

    I just received this text in Alabama. 1-917-515-0693.

  14. Laura says:

    I got this text on my cell phone today for the Walmart $1000 GIFT CARD SCAM today. It came from number 1-347-903-2033.

  15. Bob says:

    I think it is cruel that all you people are saying this is a scam. You are just trying to keep people from getting in on this totally legit offer. I just got my $1000 Walmart gift card today.

    1. carolyn says:

      can you prove it or you one of the ones sending this thing out?

  16. Tammy says:

    Just received one in Illinois number started with a 951 area code.

  17. kim says:

    just got one in La 760 617 3049

  18. lindsey says:

    I got the 661 number people posted above twice a week when I got my new number but the caller just hung up after 5 seconds or so.

  19. Janice says:

    My husband and I both received it and we’re in Alabama. It was from 707-484-2950

  20. Steaming about these idiots says:

    forgot to mention that as MESSAGE CENTER shows up: +1-705-796-9321
    and it was sent to my prepaid cell at around 5 AM !!!!!

    One day they will get their punishment. Somebody will take care of these low-lifes

  21. Steaming about these idiots says:

    Canada/BC – text message on my prepaid ROGERS cell phone.
    NO ONE has my/this cell phone number! It’s only for emergencies.
    I am 100% sure that Rogers and other cell phone providers sell the numbers to everybody who wants them and pays for it.

  22. Loren says:

    I’m in Birmingham, Alabama, and I received it this morning. The number was 2028122058

  23. Zach says:

    I live in Southern Minnesota and I recently received one of these fraudulent text messages as well. I do not recall the number off the top of my head, but the fraudulent text message came from California and it had an area code of 530.

  24. BranB says:

    it just hit Michigan and i googled this before i replied.

  25. Susan Dehart says:

    I just got it too. Texas was a 707#

  26. Nora K says:

    Its now in Southern CA! =/

  27. Nathan Bisson says:

    Just got it…. Bangor, ME

  28. nj says:

    I’m in New Jersey and I have received the text today ….The # 661 332 8957

  29. LA says:

    It’s hit Utah! After my husband received the text he then sent me a text asking if I had entered a drawing for Walmart!

  30. TS says:

    It’s in central Kentucky as well.

  31. Katie Chase says:

    I just received this text and I live in central Indiana. It’s gone beyond the Denver area.

  32. Mike Neisen says:

    Thanks, but we are getting this stuff by email, so the no-call list does no good regarding all the junk email.

    1. Meckailia says:

      it is in tennesse. I called all walmarts and they replied a person goes and buys gift cards, then only to send false txts. I called the number only to find he dosen”t have a voice box nor a recording machine. I called all the poilce departments in this county even the criminal investigations. Hopefully this will stop.

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