AT&T Contest Scam: How It Works
Beware of a new AT&T Contest Scam, aka the AT&T Rewards text message. It comes as a notification on your smartphone informing you that you came first in the Connecticut AT&T Contest. The text says you can claim an iPad or an iPhone 12 using a code.
Be careful as the names and numbers could always change, so instead of Connecticut, it could be a different state, and as a reward, it could be another gadget. The important thing here is to comprehend how the scam works rather than focusing on the phone number (it could be hijacked from someone) or the ‘bling’ (award).
Here is a screenshot of the AT&T text message:
The AT&T Contest Scam looks like this: “AT&T: [your name]! You came 1st in the Connecticut AT&T contest! Claim the iPhone 12 here: r9fmx.info/wpvOIovVIX or show this code at an AT&T store: 1z69599”.
Connecticut AT&T Contest Scam: How to Avoid
This Connecticut AT&T Contest Scam is a phishing scheme, typical for unknown notifications via phone. It is very similar to the FedEx Text Scam. The content always varies. However, if we look at the bottom line, clicking the link in the AT&T text message redirects you to a page that asks for personal info or to a form that installs malware onto your device.
If you do get the fake AT&T text message on your phone, don’t click the link – just delete it. Also, be aware of another scam going around these days, the bogus COVID-19 vaccine text.
AT&T Rewards Scam: How To Report
Warn your family and all your online friends about this AT&T Rewards Scam by sharing this article on social media platforms. If you are wondering how to report phone scams, you can also officially do it to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) using the link below:
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