Verizon Wireless Customers Target of Text Message Scam

WEST VIRGINIA - State officials are cautioning Verizon Wireless subscribers throughout West Virginia about a new scam that targets its victims through text messages that offer a credit of $76 by following a link and providing some account information.

According to Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, their office has received reports of consumers who have received text messages directing them to the website

They said the message had a few different versions, but generally told the consumer that they earned a $76 rebate or gift. In order to claim the rebate, consumers were told to visit the website provided and enter their account information.

Officials said in some cases, a person received a robocall with a message instructing them to do the same.

They said if you receive one of these fraudulent text messages, there are a few steps you can take in order to avoid being scammed:

  • Delete the text message immediately, especially if it asks you to reply with personal information.
  • Don’t click on any links in the message. The links may take you to authentic-looking sites that are designed to steal your personal information.
  • Review your monthly statement carefully for any unauthorized or suspicious charges, and report them to your carrier immediately.

If you believe you have been the victim of this scam, you can call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808 or file a complaint here

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