The BBB wants to inform consumers that the Internet Crime
Complaint Center (IC3.gov) is reporting a phishing attack targetting customers of various telecommunication companies.
Per the ICE3 report individuals receive automated
telephone calls that claim to be from the victim's telecommunication carrier.
Victims are directed to a phishing site to receive a credit, discount, or prize
ranging from $300 to $500.
The phishing site
is a replica of one of the telecommunication carrier's sites and requests the
victims' log-in credentials and the last four digits of their Social Security
numbers. Once victims enter their information, they are redirected to the
telecommunication carrier’s actual website. The subject then makes changes to
the customer's account.
The BBB and the IC3 urges the
public to be cautious of unsolicited telephone calls, e-mails and text
messages, especially those promising some type of compensation for supplying
account information. If you receive such an offer, verify it with the business
associated with your account before supplying any information. Use the
information supplied on your account statement to contact the business.
If you have fallen
victim to this scam, immediately notify your telecommunication carrier and file
a complaint with the IC3, http://www.ic3.gov/
prepared by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center