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Watch For Scams Newsletter. AT&T Phishing Scam
November 01, 2011

AT&T Phishing Scam

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AT&T Phishing Scam

You may receive an email that claims to be from US telecommunications giant, AT&T, and states that "due to congestion" all unused AT&T accounts are set to be shut down.

According to the message, if you wish to keep your account you must verify it by replying with your username and password details.

Please note that the email is not from AT&T and the claim that all unused accounts are about to be closed is false. The message is an attempt by criminals to trick you into divulging your account login details. If you fall for the scam and send the requested details, you will be effectively handing control of your AT&&T account to the scammers.

Once they have collected your details, the scammers can login to your compromised account, steal more personal information stored in the account's files and use the account to launch further scam and spam campaigns.

Often, the scammers use the hijacked accounts to send typical "stranded in a foreign country" scam messages to people on your contact list. Because the messages apparently come from a person that you know, you may be more inclined to believe the scammer's story and send money as requested.

AT&T will never send you an unsolicited email that expects you to reply with sensitive information such as passwords. Nor will any other legitimate Internet or telecommunications company.

If you receive one of these emails, do not reply. Do not open any attachments that the message may contain and do not click any links in the email.

Remember - always watch for scams!


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