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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---From Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday…shoppers have been taking advantage of all the holiday deals.
Just in time for the holiday shopping, cell phones have been lighting up with messages claiming you've won a free $1,000 gift card to popular stores like Target and Best Buy, leaving you wondering if you've signed up while shopping.
Think twice before clicking the link.
"Just like it's prime time for shopping, it's prime time for these types of scams," says Charlie Mattingly, President of the Better Business Bureau in Louisville.
Officials with the Better Business Bureau say the scammers are stealing names of popular retailers to convince you to give up your information.
They're reaching you through text messages and email.
We decided to take this to social media. We wanted to see how many of our Facebook friends and Twitter followers knew about this. Dozens of them replied back saying they had received this scam.
Many people say, they've been getting the messages a lot lately and were asked to fill out a survey with information.
Officials say even the link you are clicking on can be malicious.
"They try to plant software on your computer or even your phone that might steal usernames and passwords, so I always tell people to be very careful about clicking links in emails or text messages," says Charlie Mattingly.
They're encouraging people who have fallen victim to this to monitor their personal accounts closely, and to contact your provider immediately if you notice any misuse.
During a season where everyone is out to score great deals, just remember that this one is just too good to actually be true!
Officials with the BBB also tell us that there is also a lottery scam that is constant throughout the year, but it does intensify when the lottery gets as big as it is right now.