Verizon customers receive text messages themselves

The carrier warns you of a fake text and what you should do about it.

GREENSBORO, NC – 2 wants to know, did you get this text? Three people from work got it. Ben, Brad and Terrence’s messages are all alike:

Free msg: Your bill is paid. Thank you, here is a little gift for you. (insert link here)

Yes, it’s spam, but what makes it so different is that it comes from their own numbers.

Verizon customers are the ones seeing this text. The carrier said there has been an increase in such texts. Verizon urges everyone not to click on any of the links and said it works to block messages.

So what is your name? It’s a technology called spoofing. Scammers use it to trick you…with calls, emails and texts.

A tech expert told 2WTK, scammers are very adept at making their emails look like they’re coming from one source, Paypal, your bank, just as people know that if you get a call on your phone from FBI or IRS, chances are it’s not. It’s called spoofing, where scammers make their calls or emails look real to convince you to do something like click a link or number on a gift card. that’s all to separate you from your money.

STOP. Every time you get a call, email, or text, take a minute. Think about it. Go straight to the source, this could mean you log into your account, call the number on the back of your card – before giving out any information.

Here are five things to look for to determine if a text message is real or fake:

  1. Dummy phone number: Scammers often try to impersonate well-known companies or the government in SMS scams, but they use a fake phone number.

    The scam text message below claims to be from the California Employment Development Department (EDD), but it is from a random phone number that does not register on caller ID and has a Minnesota area code for a California message. Scammers can also use a technique called “neighbour impersonation” where the message appears to be from a phone number with your area code. You can always look up the number use a reverse phone lookup tool to find out if it’s real. If there are no results, it’s a red flag, Rexxfield, a cyber investigation services company, said.

  2. Unsolicited message: You might receive a text message saying there was a problem delivering a package to your home. First you need to ask yourself, “Am I expecting a package?” If the answer is no, you are probably dealing with a scammer.

    amazon says fraudulent texts claiming to be from the company will often include an order confirmation for something you did not purchase or an attachment to a “confirmation”. Do not click on a link in the text, instead go to Your commands on the Amazon website to see if there is an order that matches the message details. If there is none, the message is not from Amazon

  3. Urgent tone or excitation: Scammers will often use an urgent tone or try to create a sense of excitement in their text messages. They might claim you won a prize, promise free gift cards or couponsor notify you that an account has been deactivated.

    In our example below, the scammer claims that you will receive $500 if you sign up for a Whole Foods research project.

  4. Spelling and grammatical errors: A legitimate business will generally hire professional writers and editors for business communications. If you notice strange wording or spelling and grammatical errors, a scammer is likely sending the message, according to the BBB.

    In our example of fraudulent text that claims to be from California’s EDD, there are punctuation issues and the wrong words are capitalized.

  5. Suspicious links: Some scam text messages may ask you to click on a link to claim a freebie or find out more about an issue. The link may redirect you to a fake website that looks real but is actually fake. Crooks can then steal your username and password if you log in.

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