CHICAGO,IL – March 13, 2014 – Scammers are now using Caller ID spoofing technology and a look-alike website to scam Verizon Wireless users. The Better Business Bureau(BBB) urges consumers to avoid sharing personal information with callers who claim to be from Verizon.
Consumers report receiving calls allegedly from Verizon’s “Technical Support.” The call is a recorded message saying you are eligible to receive a voucher for your account and you need to visit a website to claim it. The web address contains the word “Verizon” in the URL name and the value of the voucher. As an example,one version of the scam uses “verizon54.com.”
“Since Verizon Wireless is one of the nation’s largest cell phone providers, they and their customers are an easy target for scammers,” says Steve J. Bernas,president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Consumers need to be aware of suspicious phone calls and fake websites in order to keep their personal information safe.”
When you go to the website, it looks very similar to the official Verizon site, with the same Verizon logo and colors. The site asks you to “Verify My Account” by entering your cellphone number, Verizon ID and social security number. After entering this information, you don’t get the voucher in return, instead, the scammer has stolen your social security number.
Here are ways to spot and avoid this phishing scam:
For more advice on scams, visit bbb.org
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