Using caller ID “spoofing” technology and a look-alike website, scammers pose as Verizon Wireless and con victims into sharing personal information.
How the Scam Works:
A recorded message that appears to be from Verizon Wireless’ technical support says the consumer is eligible to receive a voucher. To claim the voucher, the consumer needs to visit a website. The web address provided contains Verizon’s name and the value of the voucher, which makes it seem an official page created for the promotion - a recent version of the scam used verizon54.com.
When consumers visit the site, Verizon Wireless colors, graphics and navigation display (see screen shot below), appearing as an official page. To claim the voucher, the site prompts visitors to verify their account by entering their cell phone number, Verizon ID and password, and the last four digits of their Social Security number.
However, once the personal information is entered, consumers do not receive the promised voucher, and are now open to identity theft.
How to Spot a Spoofing Scam:
For Verizon's security and fraud alerts, visit their website at www.verizonwireless.com/pages/securityalerts. To find more information about scams, visit BBB’s Scam Stopper at www.bbb.org/scamstopper.
Note: Verizon Wireless is a BBB Accredited Business and National Partner.
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