BBB Phishing Scam Continues to Hit Email Accounts

  
     
March 05, 2012
Denver, CO – March 2, 2012 – Businesses and consumers across the country have been hit by an on-going email scam that appears to be from the Better Business Bureau. The fake emails started in November, and have changed forms a number of times. They contain a virus if the recipient clicks on a link or opens an attachment. In another round of BBB phishing email scams last week, scammers targeted accountants. This scam uses a BBB.org email address in conjunction with the American Institute of CPAs logo and name. Another wave of BBB phishing emails contain a subject line reading "BBB SBQ Form," followed by a series of numbers. Recipients are asked to click on a link to update their information with the BBB. The link supposedly leads to a form on BBB.org, but it really goes to a third party website that downloads a virus on your computer. In addition to the latest wave of emails, the original version of the email scam is still out there. In this, recipients are told that a complaint has been filed against their business, and they need to respond by clicking on a link or opening an attachment in the email. Again, the link or attachment takes them to a third-party website that infects their computer with a virus. Should you receive a suspicious email, don’t click on any links or open any attachments. You can test the links by using your mouse to hover over them. The destination of the links will appear in a small pop up box next to the link or at the bottom of the screen. If the email is a scam, the website shown will not be a BBB.org URL. After you have confirmed the email you received is a scam, please forward it to phishing@council.bbb.org and delete it from your inbox. Also, make sure your virus software is up to date and run a virus scan. # # # # About the BBB The BBB is an unbiased nonprofit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. The BBB provides objective advice, BBB Business Reviews , BBB Charity Reports and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, your BBB also offers dispute resolution services for consumers and businesses. The first BBB was founded in 1912. Today, over 100 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada. Please visit www.denver.bbb.org for more information.