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April 1, 2022
LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is sharing reminders from her Text Message Scams: Smishing Consumer Alert as Verizon customers are warned about scam messages from their own number.
Smishing is when scammers send text messages pretending to be from trusted sources. The goal is to get targets to respond with personal information like passwords and credit card details or to click on links that install malware. It is just like phishing that uses emails; instead smishing uses texts.
The company told The Verge earlier this week, "Verizon is aware that bad actors are sending spam text messages to some customers which appear to come from the customers' own number. Our team is actively working to block these messages, and we have engaged with US law enforcement to identify and stop the source of this fraudulent activity. Verizon continues to work on behalf of the customer to prevent spam texts and related activity."