By Eric Reed NEW YORK ( MainStreet)-- FREE MSG FROM MAINSTREET!!!!! You have been chosen to test & keep a BRAND NEW iPad for free only today!!
Read: 8 Ways to Feel Royal You WON! Go to www.mainstreet.com to claim your free $1,000 gift card RIGHT NOW! If you've received messages like this, or one of many others, you may have been targeted by the latest ring of text message scammers to get shut down by the FTC. Last Monday the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against a network of scam artists working through messages just like the ones above, although without the friendly MainStreet label to make your day. According to Steve Wernikoff, an attorney with the FTC who signed the complaint, the scam artists sent out tens of millions of text messages similar to the ones above, all offering free gift cards or prizes for costumers willing to visit their websites. However it never turned out to be that easy. Then the robo-calls started. "We've alleged that these companies ran websites where consumers were fooled into providing their personal information," Wernikoff said. "That information was later shared with third parties, and the consumers weren't provided with clear or conspicuous notices of what was happening."
"Consumers were also told on these websites that they were going to receive a free $1,000 gift card for going to the sites, and that turned out not to be true," Wernikoff said. "We haven't seen an instance where a consumer actually received a free gift card."
Read: Will Hipsters Buy Cars? More information regarding text message spam is available at the FTC's website here. Still, a good rule of thumb is to just keep it simple: if someone is promising you $1,000 free, there's almost always a catch. --Written by Eric Reed for MainStreet Read: Do Cool Sh*t