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Authorities Warn About Cell Phone Scam

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A message from a company posing as Verizon is telling people they can get $54 because they overpaid their bill.

Verizon Wireless says it has shut down the Verizon54 website, but experts warn scammers will just find new ways to make money.

Kellen Barranger received a voicemail on his Verizon cell phone last month. "I got a voicemail from a phone number that showed up as an official Verizon tech support number."

That's what makes this scam so different. The 1-800 number the call came from is the official Verizon customer care number.

Chairman of Identity Theft 911, Adam Levin described how it works. "Hackers have the ability to create spoofed caller ID. So you think you're dealing with an official organization."

The message directed Barranger to a web site, Verizon54.com. It asks for your Verizon username, password, even credit card information. "They can create new accounts based on the fact they have sufficient information from you that they can re-create you and can convince other people that they are you," said Levin.

Barranger never fell for the scam. He runs a blog about cell phones so the voicemail made him suspicious. He contacted Verizon directly and found out it was a fake.

It's simple advice but experts say if it's too good to be true or strikes you as odd, stay away.

Written by Jericka Duncan

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