T-Mobile has confirmed to CNBC that “the high number of Chadds Ford winners was related to bots submitting multiple entries.
Per CNBC, an amateur hacker could easily deploy bots to populate the fields in T-Mobile’s entry form, using the scammer’s own Chadds Ford address. “Tools that help conduct this kind of activity are widely available.
In one May sweepstakes, which put nearly 100 $100 gift cards up for grabs, a full 15 “winners” appeared to hail from the Pennsylvania town. “I need to open a P. O. box in Chadds Ford,” one user noted.
One user noted that since the start of the program in 2018, there had been 24 Chadds Ford winners out of 3,700 total residents.
A disproportionate number of the public winners were located in the tiny township of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
Through the T-Mobile Tuesday program, the carrier offers occasional giveaways with prizes that often include gift cards, tech gadgets, and vacations.