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    New SMS phishing scam

    Just wanted to let people know what's going on with a new phishing scam. Text was sent to my girlfriend's phone

    From: Unverified Sender
    (9174963578) V.erizon.wireless.update. Please click on http://verizon.vtext-1.com and proceed.Alert EFMQ

    Going to the site gives you this official looking screen:


    You can enter anything (or nothing) in the boxes, after clicking sign in (the only working "link"), you are taken to m.verizon.com which is legitimate however you are not signed in.

    The site vtext-1.com is registered to:
    Registrant:
    Domain Discreet Privacy Service
    ATTN: vtext-1.com
    12808 Gran Bay Pkwy, West
    Jacksonville, FL 32258
    US
    Phone: 1-902-7492701
    Email: e3692cea0a16121f05eb2a037751724f@domaindiscreet.co m

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    That's a bit concerning. Most companies have an e-mail address to forward things like that to them so they can work with the proper authorities to have the fake site shut down. I'm sure VZW has a similar e-mail address.

    Edit: Found it http://support.verizonwireless.com/h...aud_email.html
    You should be able to forward the text to the e-mail in that link.

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    I keep getting smishing messages for best buy gift card, from this number:

    http://www.whycall.me/773-270-3174.html

    I tried contacting the registrar of the site bestbuyscards dot com but they told me to buzz off, that I have to contact the hosting company? but how do I find out who the host is? I only see name records...

    if we can nuke their sites as fast as they produce them I'm sure it would discourage a lot of these scammers

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    You can look up the registrant of the site using Whois

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    Quote Originally Posted by droidboi View Post
    I keep getting smishing messages for best buy gift card, from this number:

    http://www.whycall.me/773-270-3174.html

    I tried contacting the registrar of the site bestbuyscards dot com but they told me to buzz off, that I have to contact the hosting company? but how do I find out who the host is? I only see name records...

    if we can nuke their sites as fast as they produce them I'm sure it would discourage a lot of these scammers
    nuke their sites? I'd rather see a seal team deploy and shoot the bastards dead. Scammers don't deserve any better than a bullet.

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    same here, now if only we could do it by calling up some registrar

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    There are literally thousands of those fake gift card sites popping up daily. It's very difficult to catch some of these players as they constantly switch domain names and hosting services on a daily basis. The best thing to do is to immediately report the scam once you receive it. Always try to collect the url and shortcode used in the scam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vatothe0 View Post
    Just wanted to let people know what's going on with a new phishing scam. Text was sent to my girlfriend's phone

    From: Unverified Sender
    (9174963578) V.erizon.wireless.update. Please click on http://verizon.vtext-1.com and proceed.Alert EFMQ

    Going to the site gives you this official looking screen:


    You can enter anything (or nothing) in the boxes, after clicking sign in (the only working "link"), you are taken to m.verizon.com which is legitimate however you are not signed in.

    The site vtext-1.com is registered to:
    Registrant:
    Domain Discreet Privacy Service
    ATTN: vtext-1.com
    12808 Gran Bay Pkwy, West
    Jacksonville, FL 32258
    US
    Phone: 1-902-7492701
    Email: e3692cea0a16121f05eb2a037751724f@domaindiscreet.co m
    Thanks for the heads up. I've been getting some crazy text lately. The scams are in full force lately.
    Running too many phones

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    Sounds like a scam to me. I've received a text message like that from 303-730-6082 which stated that I should access my bank account online through an unfamiliar website as soon as possible to remove the block. It was purportedly locked due to suspicious activities and there were several online purchases monitored to have come from different states. But I thought that if my account was indeed compromised, the bank would have called me through the phone number I have on file and besides, I know what the bank's website was. I decided to hang up and call the bank directly.

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    I also Googled the phone number and I pulled up CALLERCENTER where several complaints were posted, associating the caller to this bank phishing scam.

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