Malicious SMS Text Message Crafted to Steal Information
Verizon customers appear to be the target of a phishing text scam. Mobile subscribers are receiving unsolicited text messages from someone who may be looking to steal information.
The text messages come from a fake phone number (562-666-XXXX) and the message simply says “Verizon Free Msg: Sept bill is paid.”
This may be puzzling to some as the messages were sent after their September bill should have been paid.
Furthermore, the message attempts to boost credibility by including the subscriber’s first name.
The scam text message also attempts to get the recipient to act quickly as it promises a gift card for paying your bill.
“First of all, most Verizon subscribers have already paid their September bill so while it might seem that the text must be from Verizon since it knew that you paid last month’s invoice, as a Verizon customer this writer can tell you that the nation’s largest carrier doesn’t offer you a gift just for making your payment on time; heck, Verizon won’t send you a gift for paying your bill earlier than the due date,” says the report from PhoneArena.
Verizon Phishing Scam – What to Do
- If you receive a Verizon phishing text message, or any suspicious communication, do not click on the link.
- If you’re wondering about the status of your Verizon bill then, log into your online account and check it there.
- Never click on any links in unsolicited text messages or emails.
Be wary of emails, text messages, or chats that come from a stranger or someone you were not expecting. Think before you click on any suspicious emails, links, or attachments.
Be sure to report any suspicious messages if you can!
If you respond to a scam text message, you might lose access to your online account or become the target of even more scam text messages.
Contact Verizon immediately if you receive one of these text messages