PC Doctor April 4, 2022

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Dear PC Doctor:

I recently received a text that said “Free Msg: Your bill is paid for March. Thanks, here’s a little gift for you.” and then it had a web link. Weirdly, whoever sent it made it look like it was to me and from me. I know it’s spam and I won’t click the link. But I am curious. Do you know anything about this?


Not Clicking.

Dear Not Clicking:

I did an internet search for the words in your text message, and here’s what I found. According to CNET, many cell customers who use Verizon received similar messages last week. You are correct not to click the link! Some users who did click the link found it took them to something that looked like a Verizon customer survey, but is really a phishing scam. According to Microsoft News, users who clicked all the way through the survey and then clicked to claim their “gift” report being directed to a Russian news network. A Verizon representative stated that CNET U.S. law enforcement is aware of and working on the issue.

So, the long and short of it is, if something looks fishy, it probably is. Don’t click the link!

I hope this helps!
Until next time,
Happy Computing!
PC Doctor

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