This email, which purports to be from Virgin Media, claims that your latest bill has failed because the payment processor has detected invalid billing information associated with your account.
It warns that your service is scheduled for automatic disconnection on a specified date a few days hence. It urges you to click a link and update your billing information to avoid the pending service interruption.
However, the email is certainly not from Virgin Media. It is a phishing scam designed to trick you into disclosing your personal and financial information via a fraudulent ‘account update’ form.
If you click the link, you will be taken to a fraudulent webpage that is designed to emulate the real Virgin website. The form on the fake site asks you to supply your credit card information, along with your name, address, phone numbers, and other ID information. After you click the ‘submit’ button on the fake form, you may receive a message advising that your profile has been successfully updated and that the pending disconnection has been cancelled. Your browser may then automatically redirect to the genuine Virgin Media website.
Details, such as the supposed disconnection date, may vary in different incarnations of the scam email. Virgin Media has information about these scams and how to report them on its website.
If you receive one of these scam emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.
Subject: Your latest Virgin Media Bill cannot be processed
Dear [Email address Removed]
The payment for your latest Virgin Media bill has failed. The payment processor has detected invalid billing information associated with your account. Your service is now scheduled for automatic disconnection on *29 February, 2016*.
*Why did I receive this error?*
This usually happens for several reasons. Either some of your information has expired or you may have changed some of your billing information recently, such as street address, phone number, account number, etc.
*How can I avoid service interruption?*
To avoid service interruption make sure your billing information is up to date. Failure to take part in this process before the due date will result in service disconnection without further notice.
*Where can I update my billing information?*
To update your billing information just visit the profile update link below:
Once you have completed the profile update process your bill will be processed instantly. No further action is required.
The Virgin Media team
Last updated: February 29, 2016
First published: February 29, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!