Scam Alert!

A new area scam is hitting consumer's cell phones. The scam is in text message form, and claims you've won $100 or $1,000 gift cards to Wal-Mart.

It's hard to think junk mail could come from Wal-Mart, but it's not them sending the texts!

The trick is to claim your offer, they ask you to send in money via check or credit card. The amount is usually small, $5 or under, but once you send in that money, your personal information is vulnerable.

Dreama Jensen of the Better Business Bureau says, "and what they're after, what the scammers want, when they tell you you can pay by check or credit card is they can get the information, the personal information they're wanting from you."

So, watch out for these scams, and call your local Wal-Mart if you have concerns about frequent text messages.

Remember, it's very dangerous to send personal information to unkown places. Especially your checks, since there is a bank account and routing number visible. And using a credit card allows scammers to see your card number and security code.

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