The Better Business Bureau of Central and Eastern Kentucky is warning consumers about unsolicited text messages offering free Target gift cards.
The messages were sent Monday morning to some Central Kentucky cellphones.
"Once a consumer logs on to the link given, the page contains fine print indicating that there are 'offers' a consumer must complete in order to receive the gift card," Jack Frank, CEO of the Central Kentucky BBB, said in a statement.
The so-called offers consist of providing credit or debit card numbers, as well as applying for loans and other financial products. The consumer also must refer three other people to the program in order to qualify.
"This type of offer is not new, and it can take lots of time and possibly money in order to qualify for the 'free' card," Frank said. "Anyone completing the offers will have a lot of personal and financial information on file with many companies."
The BBB advises people not to respond to unsolicited text messages and delete them.