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Saturday, September 16th, 2023 1:59 AM

AT&T, DirecTV, and Target bundle scam

They tried to scam me today. "AT&T" sent me a text message ,last day to get 50% off DirecTV". Called DirecTV (I thought) and the person that answered offered me $140 a month fixed for 2 years and two free movie channels to boot. I had to pay 3 months in advance, $420 via a Target credit card or Target gift card. This is a target DirecTV AT&T promotion supposedly. This is the part I don't understand. The person I talked to zeroed out my balance showing in my AT&T account. I logged in my ATT app and it showed a balance , logged out as instructed waited a minute , he told me to log back in and sure enough, the balance was Zero. I didn't give him access to this, didn't give him my password , my login ID, he wasn't shadowing my screen, nothing! How did he do this? How about it JEFFERMC, can you explain this? he also gave me MGM Plus for free with this supposed promotion. He added MGM+ as I talked to him. The MGM channels went from unavailable to available while I was talking to this guy . This guy must work for DirecTV. He had access to my billing information and had access to add programming to my TV channel lineup. He had this access! He screwed up though when he wanted me to pay with the Target gift card and told me not to tell the card seller it was a for a third party because they might charge me extra. Just tell him it's a gift for your cousin or something. Almost fell for it since they had access to my account and TV channels.  I told him I'd get the card for him later and after he hung up up I received a confirmation text welcoming me to the new program but it wasn't from "ATT" this time, it was from theargaryens.com. luckily I didn't fall for it and did not give them a dime. BEWARE! FYI the entire conversation was recorded and screenshots of the text messages were taken and offered to DirecTV fraud Department. Tell you the truth I'm not sure they even have one. After a runaround, I was given an email address and I sent them the information. Hopefully they'll do something about it.

Again, how about it JEFFERMC?  Can you explain how the scammer had access to my billing information and was able to change my channels while talking to him? Remember, I gave him no information whatsoever other than my name. I tried to reply to you but evidently you or somebody closed that old thread. Oh yea, I called the real DirecTV phone number and verified it was all a scam . I asked about the MGM Plus that was added to my lineup and her records show that I had called in and requested it to be added (at $5 something a month). I explained to her the situation and she removed it but also questioned how a scammer could have changed it. I told her look and see who the employee was that changed it, that's probably the scammer. Thanks

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ACE - Expert

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27.7K Messages

7 months ago

In the years that this scam has been used, it has never been implied that it was an “inside” job or involved AT&T or DirecTV employees.  Do your research since there’s plenty of postings out there.

You put the brakes on before they got any money from you.  Others have not been so lucky.  My advice…IGNORE unknown texts.  Do not answer unknown phone numbers.  Do not respond to unknown emails.  And if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  🤪

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ACE - Expert

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27.7K Messages

7 months ago

This scam has been going on for a couple of years….so much to the point that at one time DirecTV broadcast a warning on the guide.  Check out THIS POST

As I understand it, they acquire information from the dark web.  They manipulate your account just long enough for you to fall for the scam.  Once they get the gift card info, they return your account to the previous setup and move on to the next victim.

ETA:  Google “DirecTV scam gift card”.  You’ll see multiple posts all over the web about it.  Same scam, different gift cards.  

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7 months ago

Thanks for the reply. So you're saying they hacked my AT&T  account or did they hack DIRECTV. Like I said he changed the balance in my AT&T account and he also added a channel while I was talking to him. I can't do any of that within my account. I'd have to talk to a DirecTV person to do all that . He even had me go to those three mgm channels on my tv to verify hey were activated. Seems like he had a lot of access to AT&T/directv. seems more like an inside job to me. Thoughts?

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7 months ago

I can see it's an older scam. I'm pretty tech savvy especially since I've worked in IT for 20 plus years but I still am concerned the scammer had access to my accounts in billing and the ability to turn on channels for customers at DirecTV. I've looked on online and I understand it's an old scam but nobody has mentioned scammers having access to victims accounts or adding channels to their victims TV lineup. Until I get a satisfying answer, I still say its an inside job... a greedy disgruntled DirecTV employee.

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7 months ago

fyi...

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7 months ago

hmmm... I've been accepted and haven't sent them any money?

Former Employee

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32.9K Messages

7 months ago

Any time you see the word kindly it’s a scam. 

ACE - Professor

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5.4K Messages

7 months ago

You’re nothing special.  Everyone gets tagged.  Common sense is your best defense.  

ACE - Expert

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27.7K Messages

7 months ago

I’ve gotten similar texts and I don’t even HAVE DirecTV!  😵‍💫

Former Employee

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2.6K Messages

7 months ago

So many commas used instead of periods. 🙄

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