Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that the Cass County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of a
Verizon Cellular phone scam in the past week. This recorded call says it’s from Verizon and that it wants you to go
to www.vzw153.com to get $150-$200 credit on your next Verizon statement. Several reports indicate the calling number is 800-600-1228. In checking the website it appears very official and resembles the Verizon website.
Once users submit their personal information to the website the scammers are able to access it leaving you vulnerable for identify theft and fraud. The information has been submitted to the Verizon Wireless Fraud Department.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office offers the following tips and reminders when dealing with or being contacted by a potential scam, email or Internet site:
• Know who you’re dealing with. If the seller or charity is unfamiliar, check with your state or local consumer protection agency and the Better Business Bureau.
• Don’t believe promises of easy money. If someone claims that you can earn money with little or no work, get a loan or credit card even if you have bad credit, or make money on an investment with little or no risk, it’s probably a scam.
• Understand the offer. A legitimate seller will give you all the details about the products or services, the total price, the delivery time, the refund and cancellation policies, and the terms of any warranty.
•Resist pressure. Legitimate companies and charities will be happy to give you time to make a decision. It’s probably a scam if they demand that you act immediately or won’t take “No” for an answer.
• Think twice before entering contests operated by unfamiliar companies. Fraudulent marketers sometimes use contest entry forms to identify potential victims.
• Be cautious about unsolicited emails. They are often fraudulent. If you are familiar with the company or charity that sent you the email and you don’t want to receive further messages, send a reply asking to be removed from the email list.
• Beware of imposters. Someone might send you an email pretending to be connected with a business or charity, or create a website that looks just like that of a well-known company or charitable organization. If you’re not sure that you’re dealing with the real thing, find another way to contact the legitimate business or charity and ask.
• Guard your personal information. Don’t provide your credit card or bank account number unless you are actually paying for something. Be especially suspicious if someone claiming to be from a company with whom you have an account asks for information that the business already has.