BBB Warns of Fake Email Making the Rounds
Scammers, hackers, etc, will do anything to get your information. It's sad to say that in our society, we have to wary of anything that comes through our email. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has sent a warning out about a fake email making the rounds.
I get emails all the time from the BBB, I like to keep up to date. However, a new email has been making the rounds claiming and looking to come from the BBB. It even uses their logo. However, the BBB warns it is not from them.
Here is an example of the email currently in circulations:
This email notification has been automatically sent to you because BBB has got a complaint, claiming that your company is violating the The Safety and Health Act.
You can download the text file with the explanation of compliant by following the link https://bitly (XXXXXX)
We also ask that you give a reply within 24 hours to us. This message should contain information about what you intend to do about it.
When replying to us, keep the abuse ID "0192624050372:656" unchanged in the subject line.
The links in the fake emails contain malware that is used to infect your computer and steal your password.
The BBB warns that if you do get an email that looks to come from them follow these steps.
1. Do NOT click on any links or attachments.
2. Read the email carefully for signs that it may be fake (for example, misspellings, grammatical errors, generic greetings such as “Dear member” instead of a name, etc.).
3. Be wary of urgent instructions to take specified action such as “Click on the link or your account will be closed.”
4. Hover your mouse over links without clicking to see if the address is truly from bbb.org. The URL in the text should match the URL that your mouse detects. If the two do not match, it is most likely a scam.
5. Send a copy of the email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Note: This address is only for scams that use the BBB name or logo)
6. Delete the email from your computer completely (be sure to empty your “trash can” or “recycling bin,” as well).
7. Run anti-virus software updates frequently and do a full system scan.
8. Keep a close eye on your bank statements for any unexpected or unexplained transactions.
9. If you have clicked on any of the links within the email, immediately change your email and network passwords AND notify your local IT provider for next steps and actions.
The BBB is working closely with law enforcement and other agencies to help shutdown these criminal websites.