The scam text message says, “Your Verizon account security needs validation” and invites you to tap a link to “validate your account.” Once you do, you end up at a phishing website that looks almost exactly like Verizon’s real website. The fake website asks for your My Verizon mobile number or user ID and password. After you provide those, it’ll ask for your account PIN. Finally, it requests all your personal details to “identify yourself.”
For smishing scams, this is convincing work. The website looks real and authentic — if you don’t look too hard at the address, which isn’t actually Verizon’s actual website… At the end of the process, the phishing website thanks you for providing your information and “redirects you to the home page.” For maximum deception, the phishing website actually redirects you to Verizon’s real website at the end of the process. If you don’t look too close, you might be deceived into thinking you were on Verizon’s website the whole time.
What’s the game? We didn’t provide real Verizon account details, so we can’t say for sure. The scammer will probably try to take over your Verizon account, order smartphones on credit, and stick you with the bill.