Your Bill Is Paid Here’s A Little Gift For You (Scam or Legit?)

Your Bill Is Paid Here's A Little Gift For You (Scam or Legit?)

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Did you recently receive a text message saying “Your bill is paid; here’s a little gift for you”? The first emotion anybody would feel is elation reading a message like that.

However, give it one more thought. Do you really think a carrier company would be willing to gift you something solely because you paid your pending bill?

If you look at it that way, the sad reality starts to settle in.

The message “Your bill is paid; here’s a little gift for you” is a social media phishing scam and is fake.

In a recent social engineering ploy, fraudulent text messages thank recipients for paying their phone or utility bills by claiming to offer them a “little gift.” This tactic is intended to lure recipients to spoof websites that are designed to look like legitimate businesses.

 

What Is The Message “Your bill is paid; here’s a little gift for you”?

This is a spoof message that is aimed to trick customers to interact with scam and phishing sites. The suspicious messages are very similar to another text scam that claimed to offer “little gifts” as a way of apologizing for coverage or signal issues. In that scam, the sender said they were sorry for the coverage or signal issues.

In both instances, the recipients of the text message are led to fake phishing websites by clicking on the links contained in the message. These websites have been designed to mimic the appearance of the genuine websites of the companies that the con artists are pretending to be messaging the recipient from.

Therefore, if the “little gift” message appeared to originate from T-Mobile, for instance, then the link will direct to a spoof website that has been designed to look like the website for T-Mobile.

However, in reality, these spoof websites are owned by criminals, and any information that is entered into them, such as your login username and password, is sent directly to the criminals. This gives the criminals access to your online account.

And from there, the criminals can glean personal information about you, which could give them the opportunity to open new phone or utility contracts in your name or to commit other forms of identity fraud.

How To Avoid These “Little Gift” Text Scams?

The recommendation remains consistent regardless of whether you are talking about links in emails, online messages, or text messages. Avoid clicking on those links.

You will be able to avoid the overwhelming majority of phishing scams that come your way if you do it this way. You can get in touch with the relevant company directly if you are unsure whether or not a message is genuine.

You can do this in a number of ways, such as logging into your online account directly (without clicking links) or getting in touch with them using the contact details that you already have.

If you do believe a message is genuine and you click the link, the next step is to check the web address (URL) at the top of the page to see if it is the web address of the company. If it is, then you have successfully validated the message. You can read more about recognizing fake web addresses by clicking here, where we also provide additional information.

Be aware of the common social engineering tricks that cybercriminals use to trick recipients into clicking links in the messages they send. Messages sent to your phone or email in which you are offered free items, prizes, or other opportunities that appear to be too good to be true, as well as messages that appear to be designed to scare you, are almost certainly fraud.

 

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