(Toledo News Now) - A warning about one of the newest e-mail phishing scams designed to steal your money. Most of us know how to spot these by now, but this latest scam has been called the most sophisticated.
Thousands of Verizon Wireless customers have been receiving a monthly bill in their e-mail boxes recently. Some have paid it with barely a second thought. Unfortunately, that was a bad idea because the Better Business Bureau has now issued an alert, calling this one of the best phishing scams yet.
Karen Littman is a longtime Verizon Wireless customer. When she received an e-mail from the company, she immediately opened it.
"It says your current bill for your account is now available online for My Verizon," said Littman.
That made sense. As did the figure, which appeared to be just a couple of dollars more than her normal bill.
"My normal bill is 120, so this just looked like a decimal point in the wrong spot," explained Littman.
But Littman said when she looked more closely, she realized the bill was not for $120 but more than $1,000.
"It was saying I have a bill of over $1200," said Littman.
At first she worried Verizon had made an error.
"Then I looked over when I got that total and noticed the slightest difference in the e-mail address," said Littman.
At that point, Littman realized the e-mail was from a scammer.
The BBB is receiving complaints nationwide about these e-mails that are identical to Verizon bills. But the BBB said if you enter your credit card information, you will be sending money to a phishing scammer outside the country.
Remember: Be suspicious of any e-mail or text message you receive that appears to be a bill, or claims there is a problem with your account. Whether it is your bank, your Internet provider, or cell phone company, triple check to be sure it is really from them before responding.
That way you don't waste your money.