Verizon Wireless: Your Bill Is Now Available

This fake Verizon email has been making the rounds lately. The phony bill displays an astronomical “Balance Due” in an attempt to make you panic. Scammers often use scare tactics to get you to drop your guard.

Rule of thumb: Stop, breathe, think! Never hastily click on links within emails. If you have a valid reason to be concerned about a bill, contact the company directly by telephone or make your inquiry through the company’s official website.

A VirusTotal scan of the embedded url (see screenshot below) revealed the following:

  • Malware site
Sample:
Your Bill Is Now Available

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41 comments
Amy G
Amy G

My husband has received one of these each day now..but it is in regards to usage. I told him just the design of the letter looks fake.

Rob Middleman
Rob Middleman

Just got one this week for $3500. Yikes. It was a fake. Called VW first.

Shanah
Shanah

I (we) got one sent to our company billing address along with many other employee e-mails. One of which employees is deceased.

Todd
Todd

I received this today. Strange thing is that I'm not a Verizon customer!

marsha
marsha

Got this bill saying I owed $2626. I knew it was a scam when noticing that it was sent to many others recipients with my same first name. I do not have a verizon phone either!!

Jennifer
Jennifer

Still going around...got it 2 days ago saying I owed thousands. Not a Verizon customer, so didn't fall for it.

Pete
Pete

Just got one today in Australia for over $2880.

dd
dd

i got a email with a outrageous amout of 4444444444444444444444444 billion dollars

neil miller
neil miller

FYI. Got a fraudulent e-mail with a non-outrageous amount

christine
christine

received this -- my boss had me look into it. we don't have any verizon accounts so we were really confused. thanks for posting --

Sharon West
Sharon West

Two days in a row I have gotten e-mail saying my bill is ready to be paid - first day it was 1,500.+ - and first day I clicked on the e-mail which I know I shouldn't have done - one of the e-mail address was to sharow[@]embarqmail.com (not me). Today I did not click on it but my bill amount had gone up to over 1,800.00. What can I do to prevent this?

Tyler
Tyler

Just got this one today, but they're getting smarter. It says I only owe $46.62, which is a much more realistic number than the thousands of dollars that other people are getting. I too clicked the link but shut it down before it was able to load. I'm not too smart though, considering I'm on our corporate account and never recieve a bill directly to myself. The email address was eAccountnotify[@]verizonwireless.com. My bill looks a little different than the one shown above, but no doubt I would shut down my entire server at our office had I let the site load.

Carolae
Carolae

My husband received an email yesterday from Verizon nothing that he could now view his balance and pay online if he wanted to. I thought it strange as he doesn't have Verizon and wondered if it were a scam.....looks like it is.

Tom
Tom

Yup, I got this today and panicked just like they hoped. I clicked the link, but then noticed the site was loading slowly – and then that the URL was bogus. So I shutdown my browser immediately. Then I looked at the e-mail more closely and saw all the spoofed e-mails addresses. So, it is still going around.

Shirley
Shirley

Received this scam email on 5/23/2012. I had just changed my plan a few days beforehand and thought I had selected something I didn't want. Realized I had already paid my bill for the month and had the receipt. Also noticed that the email had been sent to and cc'd to a lot of people so I knew it must be a scam. So glad to find this site to verify. Also glad we didn't click on the link! The email looked very real!

Danielle
Danielle

I received this email but was warned ahead of time. Where do I forward it?

Tony Hamalainen
Tony Hamalainen

I also get the scam emails too and I am not a Verizon customer. So that made it easier to spot.

Ann
Ann

I was stupid enough to click on the "View your bill" link because I do have a verizon account and though the amount was crazy. It went to a screen that said the site was not available, check spelling, etc. Does anyone know if I'm now virus infected from clicking that link ? I've learned my lesson!

C Gartner
C Gartner

Just recieved this same email for Verizon wireless, I don't even have an account with them.

manonthemoon
manonthemoon

I just got one too and I don't use Verizon lol. I "supposedly" owe $1575.75 LMAO!!

Carol
Carol

I've been getting fake At&t bills in my yahoo account; should I start forwarding them to http://www.ic3.gov?

Eddy
Eddy

Just received this same message this afternoon, I replied with a response telling these "fake" Verizon people that I don't even have a Verizon account and that their email was being forwarded to www.IC3.gov along with some expletive additions explaining what I think of them. I had a Verizon account while living in the US 8 years ago, I have now been living overseas for more than two years but am still using the same email address. I get spam emails like these almost once a week, from my bank and also from other businesses I was dealing with while living in the states. These people stop at nothing, just don't ever download their attachments and do not give them any personal information. Run your malware/spyware programs right after receiving any of these and you will be safe.

S Bartholomew
S Bartholomew

I just received this email also, and I have NEVER had a verizonwireless account. So, what happens when you are stupid enough to click the links?

E Paul Austin
E Paul Austin

I did open this to check the amount (nearly $2000) even though I don't even have a Verizon account and never have.

Phil
Phil

wow im in canada and theres no verizon here so its kinda obvious...

su
su

Got an email today saying I own some company $1948.24. I googled this to find it was from an American phone company. Strange as I live in the UK. Never heard of them but guess Scammers will do anything to get your money!

JackLogan
JackLogan

Got this one too. Of course everyone should always follow these basic steps: 1. Look at the sender's e-mail address. If you're e-mail client doesn't show this, find a way to do so or stop using it. Tell the developers this is basic security. Thunderbird has a plug-in to do this. Should be standard though. 2. Look at who it's sent to, in my case more then one address, all similar with one letter off. Real bills are only sent to one address at a time. 3. Never click the links in e-mails to log-in to your account. Always open a new browser window and MANUALLY type in the address. 4. Never download an attachment unless you trust the source. If anything smells funny or even if the person you know is talking funny in an e-mail, don't trust it. Ask them if they really sent this, or just delete it and move on. Life will not end if you don't watch one more powerpoint slideshow. 5. Use filters. I use a client that has message filters that can tag e-mails. My bills and other important e-mails are tagged and color coded. So in this case, it wasn't tagged and that was also a big clue it wasn't a real bill. One point about the e-mail I received, it came from "wAccountNotify@verizonwireless.com", so whoever sent it either has a vzw account or has hacked their e-mail system. They should check their server and not allow account with similar address to their billing and support accounts.

michael
michael

got this today but to top it off i live in the uk and verizon is not a network provider in this country lol

PJ
PJ

Got this email ,I dont even have a verzon account. Too funny.

Bobby
Bobby

Got this message today. Sent to a bunch of other (nonexistent) names at my company's email domain, I guess I was the lucky one.

Heidi
Heidi

I got this yesterday, and ignored it. Then I got a followup "Thank you for your payment" today. I don't have a Verizon phone, either.

midlaserman
midlaserman

Just got this stupid email. I don't even have a Verizon phone, so that made it easier to spot. Be careful out there!!!

Kathy, Daytona Beach
Kathy, Daytona Beach

Received this email today for my dad's old Verizon account. He no longer even has the phone. I am so very glad I choose to google this prior to clicking on the link. It is so sad that such vicious people are out there in this world.

Scam Watcher
Scam Watcher

See also: New Phishing Scam Targets Verizon Online Customers

Chaz
Chaz

Got the same bill for the exact same amount ($46.62). When I mouse-over the links, it reveals a sports betting url.

Carol
Carol

Hi, Danielle, I would check the Verizon website for a link that you could use to forward the email. Look for a "Security" section on their site.

Carol
Carol

Hi, Ann, You most likely are infected; i would recommend that you do a full virus scan ASAP. Also, you should get a program called Malwarebytes. It's free, and works very well. Good luck!

Scam Watcher
Scam Watcher

Hi, can you send a copy of the "Thank You" email you got to admin@scamtrends.com we would like to analyze and report on it. Thank you.

tc lillick
tc lillick

get one daily and have never had a Verizon account.

mary
mary

I sent you a copy of the one I got

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