'If you get a text message that you won something, hit delete'

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BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - If you get a text message about a surprise giveaway, odds are you probably didn't win anything - except a chance to give away your information to scam artists.

The Better Business Bureau says fraudsters are dressing up text messages to look like they come from popular retailers, alerting people they've won free gift cards or other prizes.

"If you get a text message out of the blue saying that you won something - that you have this great deal waiting for you - do not respond to it," said Dale Dixon, president of the Better Business Bureau. "Hit delete."

A Boise resident contacted KBOI 2News after receiving an unwarranted text from a New York area code, saying he'd been "randomly selected" for a $1,000 Best Buy gift card.

"Sounded a little too good to be true, so I called Best Buy and sure enough, it was too good to be true," said Terry Radford of Boise.

The BBB said retailers will only send deals to people who've signed up to receive them.

Also, they will not ask you to confirm or submit any information via text. If you win something, you'll be able to put it on your screen and show it to the retailer to claim it, said Dixon.

If you get fake deals it may not be because scam artists necessarily have your phone number. Dixon says fraudsters typically have computers generate tons of numbers and yours probably just happened to be one of them.

But if you do respond at all, he says scam artists will know your number works and you'll become a prime target for future scams.