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Eastern North Carolina
Scam Alerts for October 2012
October 16, 2012

In an effort to keep the public informed, Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina offers monthly Scam Alerts:

BBB warns consumers about a recent e-mail scam with the subject “Your Photos.” The body of the e-mail often says “as promised your photos” and provides a link to click on. BBB warns that this link contains a virus and advises consumers to delete the e-mail immediately. Consumers can test links by using their mouse to hover over them and viewing the destination link. BBB reminds consumers to avoid clicking on any questionable links or attachments, especially if the e-mail is from an unknown source.

BBB urges consumers to beware of a phishing scam that poses as an e-mail from the IRS. Consumers are receiving e-mails that say their federal tax bank transfer has failed. The e-mails appear to come from the IRS, but if you look closely at the “From” line, you will notice another e-mail address. The e-mail instructs consumers to open the attached file, which will explain the details of the failed transfer. BBB warns consumers that this is a virus and reminds consumers to avoid clicking on any questionable attachments.

BBB warns consumers to be on the lookout for a round of bogus e-mails that claim to be from Google’s Gmail provider. The e-mail states that random Gmail users have been selected to receive a free Apple iPad 3. “Winners” are instructed to click on a link to claim their prize. BBB reminds consumers to never click on any questionable links and to delete the e-mail immediately.

BBB has received numerous calls regarding a text message offering a gift card from Best Buy. BBB warns that this is a scam and urges consumers to avoid responding to the message or clicking on any links. In most cases, the text message claims that the consumer has won a $1,000 gift card from Best Buy and instructs the consumer to follow a link to claim the gift card. Once the user clicks on the link, they are asked for personal information that could be used to steal his or her identity.