Target shoppers receive phony texts promising gift cards

8:54 AM, Nov 30, 2012   |    comments
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Millions of people shopped at Target over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 

Shortly after many of them got a text message telling them they won a Target gift card. The text says: "Your entry last month has won. Go to, enter a code and claim your free $1000 gift card. The website it directs you to has the Target logo and looks like a legitimate website. But as you can guess, it's a scheme. It only asks for your birthday and name but with that information alone, hackers can find more information about you. No one seems to know where this text is coming from, but if you get one on your cell phone, do not click on the link and do not enter any information.

Consumer Reports ranked the country's wireless providers, and found cell phone companies still have their work cut out for them when it comes to customer satisfaction. None of the big four national carriers had an overall satisfaction score above 72%. Of the four main companies, Verizon Wireless ranked #1 with the best service, followed by Sprint, T-Mobile and then AT&T. Consumer Reports says cell phone companies remain among the lowest-rated service providers it evaluates.

More than 20,000 Sportspower Trampolines are being recalled due to an injury hazard. The trampoline's metal legs can move out of position and puncture the jumping area, posing a risk to anyone on the trampoline. The recall involves Sportspower Parkside model TR-14FT-COM trampolines, sold exclusively at Sports Authority since 2007. Consumers should stop using the trampoline and contact Sportspower to receive a free repair kit at 888-965-0565


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