Customers of Verizon are being targeted by a sneaky text message scam.
Customers with Verizon should be on the watch for a text message scam that has been circulating recently. Unsolicited text messages are being used in a phishing scheme to deceive Verizon users into turning over their personal information, according to PhoneArena.com. According to a text message from the phony phone number 562-666-1159, “Verizon Free Message: Your September bill has been paid. Thank you, [initial name of client]! Here’s a small present for you.” The message concludes with a link.
If you receive that text or one similar to it, do not click on the link; you may be sent to a website asking for personal information such as your name, address, social security number, phone number, and other information that can be used to change your Verizon password. You may then lose control of your Verizon account while the bad actor changes your password, address, and other information, allowing the bad actor to order pricey new phones that you would be responsible for – not to mention the logistical headache that would ensue.
You should not automatically trust a text or email that appears to be real, regardless of your phone provider, because phishing scams have become increasingly sophisticated over time. Look for a tell, such as a small misspelling or a copy with an unprofessional tone. You should be skeptical even if there are no visible signs that the message is spam. It’s a good idea to look up the phone number or email address on Google to see whether it’s been reported as spam or phishing. If you’re not sure if an SMS or email is legitimate, phone the carrier and inquire about the message.
It’s also a good idea to remember what kind of messages you’ve previously received from the ostensibly legitimate organization contacting you. If you don’t recall ever receiving texts about paying your account, it’s a solid indication that something isn’t quite right.