Is the Connecticut AT&T Contest Text Message Scam? (Full Explanation!)

Yes, the AT&T Connecticut contest text message is a scam. It’s a trick by scammers with intention to get access to your personal information with ultimate aim to exploit, manipulate, deceive and con AT&T users into the idea of winning a particular goods at the contest.

Internet fraud is a type of cybercrime that makes you of the internet and also involves hiding and providing of incorrect information for the sole purpose of tricking the victims out of their property, money and even their inheritance. Cybercrime is not usually considered just a single or distinctive crime but a series of illicit and illegal coordinated actions that are committed in cyberspace. Cybercrime is however differentiated from theft, since the victim knowingly and willingly provide sensitive information such as account details, inheritance or passwords to perpetrators. 

The FBI’s 2017 Crime Report, the Internet Crime Complaint Center receive about 300,000 complaint and victims losing over $1.4 billion to internet fraud just in 2017 and these statistics are projected to even rise. According to one study conducted at McAfee and Center for strategic and International Studies estimate that cybercrime cost the global economy a staggering $600 billion, which translate to 0.8% of America’s GDP. Cybercrime appears in various forms. It ranges form online to spam emails. Cybercrime even occur if the victim partly use the internet but it major to focus on victim that one an internet enabling device.

Recently, a new type of text scam has been going around especially in places such as Nevada, Texas, Oregon, California and Washington and it’s all about the AT&T Connecticut Rewards text.  

AT&T has a special package to reward prepaid customer and this is called AT&T sweepstakes, where prepaid customers can win cool prizes such as accessories (such as headphones) and gift cards. AT&T has come out to say that scammers have hijack these processes to side fund money to themselves for personal gains. 

How does this scammers operate?

How does this scammers operate

AT&T has identified these scammers by the feedback from their users who most times narrates the ordeals with these people. 

Some user have gotten a call that claims that they have won “1st  place prize” and request that to claim prizes they’ll be required to out sensitive information.

“I got a suspicious call claiming to be from AT&T head office, asking me to verify information, Jake, an AT&T user”.

“I am sure that these spam calls are methods used by people who wants to have access to your bank account and steal out cash and i must commend the police for rising up to the challenge by tracking the activities of these scammers. In one attempt the police pretended to be the bait and seek to trace the call of the scammer by keeping them talking long enough to triangulate their call since their IP was jumping, Anthony”.

Many people are receiving text messages that say to claim the bounty and example of these scam text are below;

“AT&T: Susan! You came 3rd in the Connecticut AT&T Contest! Claim your bounty here: link, or show this code at AT&T store 1z52219”

Some of these text comes with a link that it urges you to click to claim  your prizes. It’s advisable that you do not link on the link as if can steal sensitive information of your device. The best resort is to ignore, delete and if possible block out the caller from call or texting your number.

Hundreds of this text scams are running daily which sole intention to scam and steal your personal information. Just ignore them or delete them. If you became too curious about what it’s all about then you might have fallen prey before you discover you’re in big trouble.

How to limit their Activities

  • Don’t be desperate to make quick money or receive quick gift
  • Confirm information or claims of a ongoing promo you don’t know
  • Double check on the website or call in to validate claims of winnings
  • Don’t disclose any of your personal information online
  • Don’t pay to claim your winnings
  • Don’t disclose sensitive information to claim your earnings
  • Don’t give out OTP to claims your earnings
  • Most manufacturers will not call/ text you to claim your earnings
  • Ask callers to validate your identity instead of the other way round.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I block AT&T scam messages?

By using ATTHelp, download AT&T Call Protect on your device, forward the spam messages to 7726, complete the spam protection form online to block robocall, unwanted text messages and spam calls.

Does AT&T send scam text?

AT&T doesn’t send text or email that request the customer to fill or validate their personal information such as PIN or credit card details. AT&T doesn’t send link to customers to click to claim their prizes.

Why do I keep getting fake text from AT&T?

AT&T has come out to start and warn their valid customer that scammers has taken to text and links to trick customers off their sensitive information. AT&T urges customer to remain patient as it’s working to safeguard customers from this attacks but for now it solicit to customers to ignore text, calls and link of the Connecticut contest.

Am I receiving the text from AT&?

No, you’re not. The text is from a scammer who wants to steal your personal information.

Does AT&T Call protect block text messages?

No, AT&T Call Protect only block out calls and not text.

Conclusion

Scammers have hijack the Connecticut Rewards contest to generate money for themselves and AT&T customers has paid dearly for falling therein. Perpetrators have used mediums such as text and links to gain access to customer’s sensitive information with lofty prizes such as new car, iPads and gift cards.

AT&T is working round the clock to resolve this scam but for now it urges it customers not to click, respond  disclose sensitive information.

Source; https://about.att.com/pages/cyberaware/ni/blog/text_scams

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