This is the most recent variation of a familiar scam in which you receive an email or a text message telling you that you are lucky enough to have just won a $1,000 Walmart gift card. I have received this very scam just yesterday with many other people receiving these over the past couple of days. You can expect this and similar gift card scams to proliferate. In the message, you are instructed to go to a link to enter your winning code number to claim your prize. Never go to a link that you are not absolutely positively sure is legitimate. In this particular scam, if you click on the link, you will only succeed in downloading a key stroke logging malware program that will read all of the information on your smart phone or computer that can steal from your computer or smart phone all of your personal information, such as passwords, credit card numbers, your Social Security number and more leading to a serious case of identity theft.
Walmart does not do these type of promotions, so if you receive a text message purporting to be from Walmart regarding this type of promotion or contest, you can be sure it is a phony. The old adage is true; if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. If you have any thoughts that the contest or promotion might be legitimate, call the company at a number that you know is correct to find out the truth.