New U.K. Vishing Scam Offers Significant Phone Plan Discounts in Exchange for your Phone Provider's One-Time Security Code

New UK Vishing ScamScammers targeting customers of mobile carrier O2 are enticing victim engagement by offering discounts on their mobile plan as much as 40%.

ZDNet contributor, Charlie Osborne, told of their personal experience with this scam in which they were the recipient of a cold-call scam from someone claiming to be with O2. In this scam, the caller sounds happy to inform the victim they have been selected to receive a 35% to 40% discount on their phone service.

As part of the scam, the caller accesses the O2 customer page and enters in the victim’s mobile number. When prompted for the one-time security code send via text to the victim, the scammer asks for the code in order to “apply the discount”.


Source: Charlie Osborne

This scam could be used to leverage legitimate mobile phones for other vishing or SMS phishing scams. Users utilizing corporate mobile phones should be wary as well, as this attack provides the scammer access to the victim's mobile account.

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