03-10-2015 8:59 PM
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10-29-2016 9:00 PM
Ok....sorry, I skimmed it, not going to read all that.
I gather you do have combined billing. It saves you $120 per year ($10 a month discount). But creates the headaches you are experiencing. Prevent buying new phones, paying off Next buying phones from other retailers like Best Buy.
Unified billing is something they did after buying Direct TV. The two companies are not playing well together and not working as one. Yes, it's a nightmare for wireless. No, it's not worth $120 per year.
To simplify your life, have accounts un combined. This will stop the problems you are having with wireless.
03-16-2017 6:38 AM
My on line account was hacked on March 12. The thieves somehow accessed by on-line account, changed my email address and home address and my passcode and then added two new authorized users to the account. I never received a notification of any changes to my account despite having my account flagged for notifications. I discovered the fraud when my phone and my daughter's phone suddenly had no service on March 13. I went through all the troubleshooting steps to reactivate the phone. When that didn't work, I initiated a "chat" session on line. After about an hour of "chatting", the agent was not able to solve the problem so I called the 800 number. In the meantime, my daughter, whose phone was also disabled, called my husband's phone to tell him she had been in contact with an AT&T rep who informed her their were multiple changes made to the account on line and that we should contact the fraud dept. It took several hours to reach the fraud department. I was able to have a very helpful conversation with an agent named "nick" from Nashville. He was very helpful and tried so hard to connect me and explained what had happened to my account. The thieves hacked into my account on line, made all the changes to my account and then (within two hours of hacking my account) proceeded to an authorized AT&T dealer to purchase two Iphone 7's using two upgrades on my number and my daughters. Nick stayed on the phone with me for at least an hour waiting for the fraud dept and then offered to call my husband's phone as soon as he was able to connect. Finally, about an hour later, Nick called with the fraud dept on the other line. But, when Nick hung up, the fraud dept was gone. When I tried to reconnect, I got a message that the office was closed. I was, however, very determined resolve the issue because now I was concerned about all my accounts being compromised. So I kept trying and finally around 8:30 p.m. I reached someone in fraud who was able to disable the phones that were purchased and restore the correct information on my account. I was told that we would need to go to an AT&T store to have the SIM cards replaced in our phones before they could be activated, which we did the next day. What happened next was eye-opening. The rep at the AT&T store showed my the detailed trail of transactions that occurred on my account -- which is what all the authorized representatives are able to see. Not only is there a timeline of the changes to my account, but there is also a record of where the phones were purchased. My question to the fruad dept and the agent was why wouldn't someone question these people making the purchases on my account in light of the changes made just hours before of very important information like my email account and address? Also, why was I never notified of any changes to my account which is also passcode protected? How were they able to make the changes to my passcode and email without any notification? Something else that is curious about all this is that my son in Philadelphia, who was an authorized user, purchased an upgraded phone from an AT&T store in Philadelphia on February 28. The thieves went to a store in Brookhaven to purchase the new phones, which is only about 30 minutes from the store my son visited. My son did not have the password or passcode for the account. When I mentioned to the fraud dept that I suspected that this "hack" was an inside job, I was told that my home computer could have been hacked; however, I have McAfee security software -- which is what AT&T recommends and I checked my security report which showed no breaches. So I called the fraud dept back on March 15 to ask what they would do to follow up on the fraud. I was told they would monitor the IP address and the store where the sale was made. I asked if the incident would be reported to law enforecement, but the agent said that she did not have that information. To apparently console me, the fraud dept. agent said that rarely is an account hacked more than once! Imagine that! I was not comforted -- only more determined to do something about it. So my conclusion is that AT&T has some serious flaws in their security system. First of all, as a result of all this, AT&T has added another level of security to my account. My question is why wait until a customer's account is hacked -- why not initiate the securest access for all customers--which involves entering both your password and passcode to access your account? Also, agents at AT&T corporate stores and authorized dealers should not be permitted to complete transactions for ANYONE without first contacting the primary account holder and they should at the very least check the notes on the account before completing any transactions/changes to the account. Since I feel that AT&T has not or will not go far enough to apprehend/followup on this fraud, I have registered a complaint with the FCC and the FBI. I would encourage anyone who has been hacked to do the same. Perhaps if the authorities hear from more of us, progress can be made.
03-16-2017 9:45 AM
It all starts with access to your email account. Whatever account your ATT notices go to was the first hacked. Once they had that information, they also hacked all accounts that send notices to it.
The notice was probably sent to the email, intercepted and deleted before you saw it. Check your email trash.
1. Change your email passwords and add 2 step verification. During this process you will be asked to verify all devices that you authorize to use your email sign in. When I first did this for my account, it showed a cellphone I had never owned.
2. Add the extra PIN number to your ATT account. This should be a unique number no one can guess,not birth dates or SS#. Save it in a safe place, I have mine in a fake contact on my phone, which syncs to my google contacts.
3. Change passwords or PIN numbers once a year.
03-16-2017 12:08 PM
Im actually impressed that ATT was able to show the complete trail of theft that occurred.
Posts like these have me very security conscious.
Especially since all my lines are upgrade eligible.
05-24-2017 5:34 PM
05-25-2017 12:22 PM
If you have both a password and a unique passcode, it is not possible to hack your account.
The passcode is only known to you and anyone you give it to.
I change the passcode regularly and absolutely do not use my SS#.
05-26-2017 1:15 PM
Thanks for letting me know. The fraud department is claiming that the order came through the phone itself. The are saying through virus or malware. The phone in question is the line of my mother who only uses the phone for voice. She did not even use the phone that day. I was able to find the person at the address through facebook and they claim that they have nothing to do with it and their address was used by the hackers. I don't think this is hackers but an AT&T employee at the store doing this. Our account address was changed yet we received no email alerting us on any account change. The only email we received was a thank you for your order for a brand new iphone and your existing phone was turned off. So I'm not sure what else to do. I have filed fraud alerts with the credit bureaus but I'm feeling very uneasy as I don't know how much of my personal information was exposed.
05-26-2017 1:36 PM
You have a good start by alerting fraud. If you aren't getting all emails, your email is probably hacked. By hacking your email, the thief has access to change your password and other information.
If the address ws changed, that is where the phones were sent and where the thief is picking them up. Very fishy.
Im sure ATT has locked the account due to fraud.
Once fxed, make sure you are the only one authorized and add the PIN code to the My ATT app. This prevents anyone with access to the phone from getting into the app to place an order.
I admit to a certain amount of healthy paranoia. I change the PIN code every time it's used in a store.
06-01-2017 5:17 PM
Holy cow, you guys have a fraud department, CSR SAID YOU DID NOT.......I'm confused......
06-01-2017 5:23 PM
I guess the important question is when you don't have an account to ATT account.....so you have to pay to be a customer.....but what about when you pay without being a customer. Cap one just emailed me back with a reference number and said I would be able to get the police report after file so I could again make sure the guy was at least in a few additional database and do my search on his NIC address which those guys rarely think to change. The fraud I get, it's life.....the allowed idea that they are oke to use the service on my dime .... not ok and not ethical....
06-02-2017 6:45 AM
@WipedOut You wrote you aren't a customer of ATT. The fraud was on your credit card. You have no business contacting ATT.
06-02-2017 7:18 AM
06-02-2017 7:37 AM
I could repost, or just write "Re READ post 43", because I already told you the answer. Actually, others told you the same thing. You are a customer of the credit card company involved. That's where it ends for you.