|BBB warbs of 'phishing scam'|
|Wednesday, July 17, 2013 11:56 PM|
The BBB has been receiving numerous telephone calls and inquiries about another “phishing scam” that attempts to get unwary consumers to reveal sensitive, personal information.
The solicitations came via Verizon text messages and asked users to call a New York-based phone number, 646-524-1352. The text message used references to US Direct Express (a legitimate debit card program run by the U.S. Treasury). If consumers dialed the number, some were asked to provide a credit card number or in other cases, they were disconnected.
Local Verizon dealers say they have also received inquiries from consumers about this scam.
Verizon Corporate spokesperson Kate Jay says, “We strongly encourage our customers to refrain from responding to any e-mails, phone calls, or text messages that are not confirmed to have come from Verizon Wireless directly.”
US Direct Express never contacts consumers by phone, e-mail or text messages to ask for credit card numbers or other financial information.
Phishing scam’s main purpose is to gain access to people’s financial information and accounts in order to drain those accounts and also steal their identity.