SALT LAKE CITY -- The state Division of Consumer Protection warned Monday about a fake Walmart gift card text.
Francine A. Giani, executive director of the Utah Department of Commerce, said residents have reported receiving text messages on cellphones claiming they have won a $1,000 Walmart gift card but need to enter a code word on a website to receive the prize.
Investigators found that once a consumer entered information into the website, it asked the user to download a free software program that would record all keystrokes on a computer.
Downloading the software would give hackers access to personal information, including bank account passwords and other identifying information.
Walmart confirmed that the company was not the source of the text messages.
Division investigators found that the phone number sending the texts from a "202" area code was probably from a prepaid cellphone and the website domain was registered in the Bahamas.