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Fake Verizon Wireless Emails Once Again Target Customers

Softpedia.com published a report on 20th July, 2013 quoting Verizon wireless, a renowned telecom company, advising its customers to be wary in case they receive an email entitled "Data usage Overage Alert".

Conrad Longmore, Security Blogger, Dynamoo's Blog identified the emails which told recipients Important details about their data usage.

According to the email, the recipient's account had already used the data allowance for the current month and he may now be overbilled, which (data allowance) will now reportedly be reset on 20th. He is asked to run an account analysis in My Verizon to evaluate his recent month's usage of data and review the plan options open for him.

The recipient is advised not to overlook that he can also control alert settings in My Verizon together with addition of recipients and opting out of other specific alerts.

In an attempt to look legitimate, it also tells the recipient's that it respects his privacy. He is directed to review Verizon's privacy policy once again for more information by clicking the link enclosed within the email.

The link redirects users to a malicious website, a bogus Verizon domain which was registered pretty recently.

The security expert advises Internauts to follow simple security steps to avoid this ongoing malicious email campaign. The steps are: Firstly, if the email is not addressed to you personally with your name (As in the above mentioned case), then it is a fake and do not open it. Secondly, do not click on any links or visit any sites sent to you by strangers whom you do not know or trust.

During 2012, security firm Webroot noted that it intercepted two malicious campaigns impersonating Verizon Wireless in an attempt to trick its customers into clicking on links taking them to fake e-Bills.

Like last year i.e. 2012, Verizon Wireless users have been targeted by cybercriminals in the beginning of this year. In January 2013, security firm Webroot intercepted a Verizon Wireless-themed malware ridden spam email run which enticed Internauts to click on a maligned link. Once users clicked on the link, they were exposed to the latest variant of the infamous BlackHole Exploit Kit.

» SPAMfighter News - 26-07-2013

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