Verizon warns customers not to click on odd "billing" messages that are likely harmful

Kristen Walters

Earlier this week Verizon customers reported that they started receiving "mysterious" text messages from their own phones. The company advises cell phone users not to click on the messages because they could be harmful.
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Millions of Verizon customers started getting strange messages earlier this week that appeared to have been sent by themselves. The messages had the picture icon of the cell phone owner and said "thank you for paying your bill on time, here's a free gift for you."

Due to the strange nature of the text message, many cell phone customers may be inticed to click on the link in the message. Some might even think that the message contains a promotional link to a discount or other "gift" from Verizon. But this is not the case.

Verizon is warning cell phone users not to click on these links because they could be harmful. In fact, Verizon recommends that you delete this type of message if you see it.

Clicking on the link in the message could give bad actors access to sensitive information on your phone. Alternatively, you could be asked to provide personal information to get the alleged "free gift" which could later be used by those collecting it in a way that is harmful to you.

Thanks to the efforts of many concerned cell phone customers who have reported the mysterious messages, Verizon is now aware of the issue and working with technical experts, as well as local law enforcement to prevent these messages from getting through to customers.

Are you a Verizon customer who has seen one of these messages?

Let us know in the comments.

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