Apparently you get rewarded for paying your bill. I'll be honest, this one is actually quite clever. This message mimics a few Verizon messages that are sent out regarding your data limit such as you have exceeded your limit and the like. However, this one caught my attention because it looks like someone sent it from their actual phone number - the other flag is that Verizon is willing to reward me for paying my bill. First of all, when has anyone received a reward for paying a bill on time? I appreciate the gesture but this text requires a healthy dose of skepticism.
Honestly, I have received a few other messages like this in the past few months that were talking about Verizon trade-in offers. I had no interest in trading in my phone so I didn't look closely at them - however after seeing this text, I imagine that the trade in text is also a phishing attempt.
"[COMPANY] Free Msg: [MONTH] bill is paid. Thanks, Here's a little gift for you: [LINK] Happy New Year!"
This is a different style. This came through yesterday evening and it is mimicking some of the texts that companies send you to alert you about something regarding your account. Most of the time they are alerts like "You are out of data" or "Your payment has been received". This text takes that similar approach but tries to force you to click a clearly malicious link through the allure of a possible gift. Firstly, my name is not James, secondly I didn't even pay a bill. Please stay vigilant.
I also received two more similar messages, but in this case they are regarding my "bill is processed". First of all that makes no sense, secondly the message purports to be from "AT&T" but they clearly misspelled it as "ATT". Lastly, why would anyone freely give you a gift for paying your bill? Too good to be true.
"AT&T Free Msg: bill is paid. Thanks, [NAME]! Here's a little gift for you: [LINK]"
"(ATT) Latest bill processed! Thank you for your support. Here's a little something for you >> [LINK]"
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