I want to alert everyone to a current phishing scam that is making its’ rounds. I just received this call myself so it is making its’ rounds in the Modesto area. What is a phishing scam? This is a scam that fishes for your personal data. Usually trying to get your login information and verification info for that service. In this case, they are phishing for your verizon account info. Follow along and even try spotting these for yourself. The website is totally safe to visit, because it isn’t trying to get viruses on your pc, but fish information from you.
So here’s the scam: Someone from “Verizon” calls you and tells you that you have won a $50 credit on your bill. You are then instructed to go to www.verizon50.com to collect your prize. This website is a pretty good copy of the real website, however there are a few things that tip it off as a fake. Use these tips to look for other phishing scams in the future.
First things first, the domain name. Verizon’s real website is verizonwireless.com and verizon.com. What the scammers did was add 50 to the domain. Anyone can do this if you know what you are doing. If you are wondering if the website is real, there are 2 things you can do. First is to google the website and add the word scam. In this case it would be “verizon50.com scam.” This brings up results discussing the website, and in this case, many people talking about how it is a scam. If you do that with a legitimate website such as “circuitsaviors.com scam,” you will not find such results. This is a good way to do a quick background check on any website you are unsure about. The second thing you can do is a bit more techinical, but still very easy. This is called a whois lookup. Using a website like whois.net you can type in the url and see who owns it. Do this with circuitsaviors.com and you will see owned by Garrett Snelling and registered to Circuit Saviors. It looks legit. Do this with verizon50.com and it is registered to some guy named michael that lives in a different country. This ensures that it is totally fake.
Another tip is the load speed of the page. Verizon being a huge company, should have a very fast load speed on their website. Obviously part of this depends on your connection, but if you are on a fast connection, but certain images on the site load slowly (like they do in this case) then it is also probably fake.
So you go through all of this, and then for the heck of it, see what information they want. Here is what they are asking for:
Now I will tell you why this screams scam. You might say, well they aren’t asking for my whole social security number, so it is fine right? WRONG! Think about when you call verizon, or most companies for that matter. What do they ask for to confirm your identity? That is right, the last 4 of your social. Here you are also giving them your whole login information, so with this, they can do anything they want with your account. Most likely they would buy a new phone, bill it to you, and ship it to a P.O Box somewhere. I am an actual verizon customer, but many of you may not be. Phishing scams target everyone and hope to hit some where the information applies. It is very important to know this, because when you see something like this in the future, you can think twice. If you get this call, comment below so I can track it. Thanks for reading!