Phishing is a widespread form of Internet fraud that aims to steal valuable information such as credit card and social security numbers, usernames and passwords, by sending you misleading emails designed to lure you into visiting phony or rigged websites.
This one will be successful for two main reasons: first, the email looks like an authentic AT&T email, complete with their logo and artwork; and second because the amount said to be owed is large enough to get the victim to click on the link to find out more about the charge, and to inform AT&T that there’s a mistake.
The most successful phishing emails are ones that spur the victim’s emotions in such a way as to have them click the link without thinking through the situation. This one does that, especially if the victim hasn’t expected to receive a bill this large for their home phone.
In a case like this one you should call the customer service number on your last bill and ask them about the charge.
Remember, “think before you click”; and be untrusting of every email you receive that you didn’t expect.
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Reference: Help Net Security.com
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