No, this text you just received from yourself is not the future telling you what stocks to invest in to become a millionaire. This is spam and seems to be impacting Verizon customers.
Numerous Verizon customers have been reporting the spam emails in recent days, with the company officially acknowledging the problem on Tuesday. Verizon blamed “bad actors” for being the source of the spam.
The company said it is actively working to block the messages and has even involved US law enforcement to identify and hopefully arrest anyone or anything sending the spam messages.
“Verizon is aware that bad actors are sending spam to certain customers that appears to come from the customer’s own number. Our team is actively working to block these messages, and we have worked with US law enforcement to identify and stop the source. “. of this fraudulent activity. Verizon continues to work on behalf of our customers to prevent spam and related activity,” a company spokesperson told FOX Television Stations in an email.
Spam text received by FOX TV Stations digital manager using Verizon.
Spam messages look like text by themselves that reads: “Free msg: your bill is paid for March. Thank you, here’s a little gift for you”, followed by a URL link.
If you received this text, first of all, do not click on the link. Now that you’ve avoided that, Verizon has asked customers to forward the text to SPAM (7726) and write “spoofed number”.
Verizon assured customers that forwarding the text to their anti-spam team would not flag or block their numbers.
Customers can also simply delete the text or tweet on Verizon Support and will be directed to the DM account to further troubleshoot the issue.
Fight against unwanted calls
Separately, last February, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a new plan to protect Americans from unwanted robocalls left on voicemails on their phones.
FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel introduced the proposal that would require callers to get someone’s consent before they can leave a direct message on their phone’s voicemail, expanding the reach of the privacy law. consumers by telephone (TCPA).
The TCPA protects consumers from unwanted robocalls and prohibits callers from making non-emergency calls using an automatic telephone dialing system or pre-recorded voice to a cell phone number without the person’s consent. contacted, according to an FCC statement.
“Ringless voicemail can be annoying, invasive and can lead to fraud like other robocalls, so it should be subject to the same consumer protection rules,” Rosenworcel said in a statement. “No one wants to wade through voicemail spam or miss important messages because their mailbox is full. This FCC action would continue to allow consumers to choose which parties they allow to contact them.”
The agency did not say when it plans to hold a full committee vote on the proposal.
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the FCC, illegal robocalls cost Americans $10 billion a year in fraud and $3 billion a year in wasted time. In 2021, Americans received four billion robocalls per month, twice as many as five years ago.
Daniel Miller contributed to this report. This story was reported in Los Angeles.