Don't Be an Idiot Like Me and Fall for This Scam

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Jan. 16 2013 11:58 AM

Don't Be an Idiot Like Me and Fall for This Scam

I feel ridiculous writing about this, because it's mostly a story of me acting like an idiot, but there may be other gullible people out there, and you do not want to fall for this. Earlier this morning, I went to the Banana Republic website looking to order some jeans. I got a pop-up telling me that I'd been randomly selected as the winner of a promotional gift card. All I had to do to claim my winnings was enter my cellphone number and they'd text me a verification code. So I did, and I got the code, and low and behold there was no gift card.

Now all day I've been getting weird telemarketing calls from for-profit colleges and random insurance companies and the like. I must have misstyped the URL and gotten sent to a fake version of the site or something.

Be alert! Or at any rate, don't be an idiot like me.

Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.

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