By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller
Dale Ewerson, of Life*Savings Insurance, says he is thankful for updated virus protection.
“I received an email bill from AT&T,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “However, my AT&T bill is paid monthly through my local phone company.”
A few months ago, scammers attempted to trick Verizon customers into opening fake bill notices. Get ready AT&T customers! Now it’s your turn.
People nationwide (both AT&T subscribers and not) are receiving fake emails that are almost identical to the real alerts many AT&T customers get to remind them of their monthly payments.
This phishing scam is notable for its painstaking replication of AT&T emails and the large bill amounts (many are near or above $1,000). See this sample email for a perfect example.
Spot This Scam:
You can spot a fake email by the large bill amounts and by hovering over the links. When you place your mouse on a link, the destination URL will appear. Check whether it leads to AT&T’s website or, in a scam email, to a third party site.
Ewersen says, “Other irregularities include an invalid Due Date – it showed 28 – 22 – 2102. There was a word that was misspelled and all of the online links were denied by the anti-virus software on my computer.”