Text messages are being used more and more often and the newest scam we've seen so far is the most advanced to date. The scammer acts as Verizon and sends you a text message & # 39; account security & # 39; that takes you to a shockingly convincing copy of the Verizon website.
We have opened the link to see the scam in action. Do not try this at home: if you receive a scam message, we do not recommend opening linked links. You must also delete the message and block the sender.
The scam message says "Your Verizon account security needs to be validated" and invites you to tap a link to "validate your account." Once you've done that, you'll end up on a phishing website that looks almost exactly like the real Verizon website.
The fake website asks for your My Verizon mobile number or user ID and password. After you have entered this, you will be asked for your account PIN. Finally, it asks for all your personal information to identify yourself & # 39;
This is convincing work for smishing. The website looks real and authentic – if you don't look too hard at the address, which is actually not the real Verizon website.
Just like a real account login page, it even checks the information you enter. If you leave your name blank, you will be asked to enter a name before continuing.
At the end of the process, the phishing website thanks you for providing your information and "refers you to the home page."
For maximum deception, the phishing website redirects you to the real Verizon website at the end of the process. If you do not look too close, you may be misled by thinking that you were on the Verizon website all the time.
What is the game? We have not provided real Verizon account information, so we cannot say for sure. The scammer will probably try to take over your Verizon account, order smartphones on credit and send you the bill. This is a common scam these days, as we discovered when we spoke to fake job recruiters. If you have encountered this scam and have given your personal details to the phishing website, you should contact Verizon immediately.
Smishing is turned on the rise, bringing spam email scams to the Messaging app on your phone.
Scammers also send messages with fake FedEx package tracking numbers and warnings about suspending Netflix accounts, but this latest is the most dangerous we've seen.  Be alert for suspicious messages. If you have not yet received a text message, you will probably do so in the future. Here's how you can protect yourself against smishing.
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