TDS Warns Customers: Don’t Get Caught in Phishing Scam

TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) has learned that some customers are receiving scam emails. They should be deleted.

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These emails should be deleted. TDS does not conduct business this way. We do not contact customers via email or phone to verify sensitive account information.

Madison, WI (PRWEB) August 22, 2013

TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) has learned that, in the past 24 hours, some customers are receiving scam emails. Known as phishing, the emails are fraudulent attempts to scam customers into providing email addresses and passwords. They suggest that TDS is expanding the customers email quota.

“These emails should be deleted,” said DeAnne Boegli, national communications manager for TDS. “TDS does not conduct business this way. We do not contact customers via email or phone to verify sensitive account information.”

To protect against all phishing attempts, TDS advises customers not to provide confidential information (e.g., passwords, social security numbers, date of birth, etc.) to any request they did not initiate. According to TDS, any emails requesting such data should be deleted immediately.

“Thankfully our customers are smart and did not fall for the scam,” Boegli added. “But we want to make sure everyone remains vigilant to this type of activity.”

TDS also warns that sometimes the emails include links. The email asks customers to click the link and supply the information. While they may look real, oftentimes, the links take customers to a counterfeit website, generate viruses, or install spyware instead. Do not follow any included links.

For more information on phishing or for prevention tips, visit the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission web site, http://www.sec.gov/investor/pubs/phishing.htm .

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For more information, contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager - Public Relations / TDS Telecommunications Corp. / 608-664-4471 / cindy(dot)tomlinson(at)tdstelecom(dot)com.

Headquartered in Madison, Wis., it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. For 44 years, the company has been connecting people with high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in over a hundred rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. Today, TDS has nearly one million customer connections in service and 2,500 employees. Business customers select from the latest technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted) phone service, dedicated high-speed Internet and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com for more information.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. also manages the operations of TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS) which consists of OneNeck IT Services Corp., Vital Support Systems, and VISI Inc. The business unit is growing rapidly; now employing more than 500 people throughout the U.S. TDS HMS companies specialize in engineering and management of IT infrastructure, including: hosted application management, managed hosting, and ReliaCloud™ enterprise cloud services. TDS HMS owns and operates Tier 3 data centers in Iowa, Minn., and Wis. Visit oneneck.com, vitalsite.com, visi.com, and reliacloud.com for more information.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless; broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million customers nationwide through its business units, TDS Telecommunications Corp., U.S. Cellular®, and TDS Hosted & Managed Services. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs 10,700 people. For investment information, visit teldta.com .


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