HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Police in Suffolk County are warning the public about a scam being sent to mobile phones, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.

The old saying “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is” applies here.

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What happens is that a text message is sent to someone’s phone and it congratulates the recipient and tells the person that he or she has won a $1,000 gift card from Best Buy.

But it’s not for real. Sgt. Daniel Malloy told Hall it’s a scam.

“They direct you to a site which looks legitimate because it has the Best Buy name in it,” he said. “However, once there, they request personal information.”

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The site requests your Social Security and bank account numbers.

Best Buy said they are not running this promotion.

Suffolk County police recommend you just press delete if a text message like that pops up.

“Whenever anyone tells you you’ve won a contest that you did not enter, or requests information, there’s a good chance that it’s a scam,” said Malloy.

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