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Verizon Subscribers Cautioned About OCABR Phishing Email Scam

Lately, The State Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) of the US has raised a warning stating that Verizon customers are being attacked by a phishing e-mail scam.

The phishing e-mail notifies Verizon customers that the firm has lately found some differences in their payment, security details, and address. The e-mail further informs customers that, in order to evade deferral of service, they must update their personal details and information. The e-mail also highlights that, for customers' protection, Verizon will defer their access from the complete Verizon Network (including webmail), if they are not able to check all the needed details.

The phishing e-mail urges the customers to click on a link attached within the e-mail body.

Furthermore, to appear authentic and real to the receivers it apologizes customers for the whole inconvenience. The e-mail also thanks customers for selecting Verizon.

The advisory of the OCABR states that, Verizon never asks users' to furnish their personal or financial information details via an e-mail. However, in case, if customers have furnished their personal account details in reply to the phishing e-mail, they must quickly get in touch with their bank and take steps that might be essential to stay safe against the scam, as reported by SouthCoastToday on March 9, 2011.

According to the State Office, depending on what details the customer furnished, they may wish to shut down accounts, place a scam alert on their credit, and register a report with the Federal Trade Commission at their authorized address. Further, for more details and information regarding the recent phishing scam, customers can contact Verizon via the company's official website, as reported by SouthCoastToday on March 9, 2011.

And, whilst this scam attacked Verizon customers, netizens should be careful regarding the similar e-mail messages that seem to be from legal companies but actually are just efforts by scam artists to gather customers' private information, the State Office highlighted.

Finally, this is not the first incidence, when Verizon customers have been attacked by the cybercriminals. In a previous similar scam, fake e-mails were circulated to all Verizon Internet Service customers asking for personal account information and intimidating to turn down or completely remove their Internet Service and personal accounts.

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