Here’s the latest FBI notice from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3 – ic3.gov). This one’s a beauty and relies on the fact that everyone loves to be a winner. This scam works when you receive an automated telephone call that claims to be from your telecommunication carrier. The call directs you to a website to receive a credit, discount, or prize ranging from $300 to $500.
The site is actually a phishing site and a replica of a telecommunication carrier’s site. They request your log-in credentials and the last four digits of your Social Security number. Once you enter your information, you are redirected to the your carrier’s actual website. The scammer then makes changes to your account.
Always be cautious of unsolicited telephone calls, e-mails and text messages, especially those promising some type of compensation for supplying account information. If you receive such an offer, verify it with the business associated with your account before supplying any information. Use the information supplied on your account statement to contact the business. If you think you’ve been the victim of a scam, contact the IC3.