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New Phishing Mails Masquerades Verizon

A Telecom giant, Verizon is cautioning its customers about two different fake e-mails targeting the company, making rounds in the internet, highlights news in the dailyastorian site on March 19, 2012.

The scam mail portraying a Verizon agent, informs the recipient of their Verizon account being locked by the company due to lack of memory.

The e-mail contains an attractive link and the recipient is lured to click on it, but by clicking, the recipient undergoes a whole process during which, they are requested to provide all the personal details including account numbers, bank account and routing numbers, date of birth, and social security numbers. However, though the link and e-mail generally looks authentic and reliable, it is not.

The second phishing e-mail scam in this series also purports to be sent from Verizon. The mail opens in a very informal manner addressing the recipient as "Dear Verizon E-mail User". Through this mail, the recipient is informed of low Mega Bytes memory space in the Verizon E-mail Account, which would impact the flow of incoming mails. Due to low Pop server, the e-mail memory is low, thus requiring an addition of 800 Megabytes to the Pop Server memory.

In order to keep the account active, the e-mail further asks the recipient to authenticate their Username, Password, Site, Country or Territory name.

However, Verizon announced about the e-mail scam on its website and recommended people not to share any personal information through their e-mail. On account of receiving any such e-mail, a customer is required to be convinced that the mail is a fake one and not belongs to the Telecom giant.

In short, to avoid being a victim of such scrupulous circle, Verizon recommends its customers not to respond to any such unsolicited e-mail messages and also to delete such mails from the mailbox immediately after receiving such messages.

Nevertheless, phishing attack on Verizon dates back to 2011, when the Company warned its customers on the prevailing trend of phishing scams targeted towards hacking the e-mail accounts of customers. The spam masquerading Verizon Wireless displayed the current account balance of the customers and announced them of the availability of the online service.

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