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Beware of Messages Being Sent by Scammers

Beware of Messages Being Sent by Scammers

Scammers are using, Verizon's cellphone wireless networks multimedia messaging service, to send fraudulent messages like the one below to their potential victims. The messages state the recipients are winners in some so-called lotteries, or they were selected to have their vehicle wrapped with an advertisement in which they will be paid for. The scammers may send other fraudulent messages with the intention of scamming or robbing their potential victims.


What is, also called Verizon picture and video messaging, is a feature that allows you to take pictures or record 30-second videos on your device and send it to other compatible devices or email addresses. You can also add text to a video message before sending. You can receive picture & video messages not only on your mobile phone, also in your Verizon picture & video messaging email address, which is your mobile number.

Recipients of unsolicited text or email messages asking them to cash a check, keep some and send the rest to someone else, are asked not to do so because this is another trick used by scammers to deceive their potential victims into cashing a fake check, which the victims will have to pay for along with additional fees incurred by the bank for processing the check..

If you have received messages like the one below or something similar, please do not respond or follow the instructions in them. And, never send money in order to receive a lottery or promotion because this is how lottery scammers trick their victims into sending them money.

A Fraudulent SMS Message Sent by Scammers


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Good morning,This is Mr Dave Stephen from SAMSUNG PAID TO DRIVE CONCEPT you applied for,how are you today?

A lot of Verizon's customers have reported receiving the above text messages or SMS. Please see the different messages that these customers have received by viewing the comments below.

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  • Posted: Dec 5, 2018 at 9:57 AM by info

    Received via email:

    " is a scam"


  • Posted: Dec 2, 2018 at 9:29 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Sandy City, Utah, United States

    I sent an email from my home PC to a friend and when he received it, it displayed the From Address as my Cell

    How did this happen and how can it be prevented?


  • Posted: Nov 19, 2018 at 2:27 PM by info

    Received via email:

    " keeps sending emails to me.
    I don’t know that address he’s a scammer from what I read. Please help"


  • Posted: Nov 12, 2018 at 9:28 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Modesto, California, United States

    scammers taking advantage of Paradise Cano Fite victims... really pathetic and low.


  • Posted: Oct 22, 2018 at 8:12 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Kittanning, Pennsylvania, United States

    I am receiving emails from people I know with their Is it because they sent an email from their phone? Or has their account been hacked?


    • Posted: Oct 22, 2018 at 8:57 PM by info

      No, it seems the emails have been spoofed to appear as if they came from that email address. Search for Email Spoofing using the search button above.


  • Posted: Sep 25, 2018 at 5:17 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Tucson, Arizona, United States

    If a message alone, which I am sure I sent to the recipient, from my cell phone includes "" appears on the receiving email address or phone number, does it indicate that my phone number &/or email address has been hacked? There was not a request for funds included in this message. I am not sure if this message was sent as a text or an email from my mobile phone.

    Thank you.


    • Posted: Sep 25, 2018 at 5:21 PM by info

      No, it does not mean you hsve hacked because emails and text messages can be spoofed. That is, someone can make the messages appear as if they came from you.

      But, change your email password to be on the safe side.


  • Posted: Aug 13, 2018 at 10:24 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Payson, Arizona, United States

    This scam showed up in an email account I have just for family. It showed a phone number similar to family members'. I deleted and looked up the address to discover it is indeed a scam. Thanks for the information on this site.


  • Posted: Aug 10, 2018 at 12:11 AM by an anonymous user from or near: St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

    I got one with a text file that just said 'hi'


  • Posted: Jul 24, 2018 at 9:47 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Austin, Texas, United States

    Thanks for the heads-up. Received an e-mail today with no body, just a 28-byte simple text attachment named "text_01.txt" which contained "Can you call me when you get a chance?".

    It was from (I'm not showing the last four digits here in case the phone number is an intended victim of unwanted phone calls and not a scammer.)

    Since no one I know in that area code wold send such a mysterious message, I suspected a scam of some type and the report above seems to confirm it. Thanks again.


    • Posted: Jul 25, 2018 at 12:04 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

      I got pretty much the same yesterday but from a different phone number.


  • Posted: Jul 8, 2018 at 4:13 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Clovis, California, United States

    I was glad to see this web page to confirm my suspicion. Today I got a vzwpics email with a blank body, exept for a document labeled "text" that looked like an attachment to be opened.

    Since it was an unknown, I did not open the document, as I figured it could launch a virus. Thus aside from following the cautionary advisory on this site, I suggest don't let curiosity get you to open any attachments in unknown emails.


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