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New Scam Uses BBB.org Email Address
August 10, 2012
Consumers nationwide, including Tucson, are reporting a new round of phishing email scams using the BBB name and email address. Some of the new emails appear to be targeting accountants.

Consumers report that many of the latest scam emails use a BBB.org email address in conjunction with the American Institute of CPAs logo and name. The message informs recipients that their CPA license is being terminated due to tax fraud allegations and encourages them to click on a link and reply to the charges. The link leads to a third party website that downloads a virus on to the recipient’s computer.

Other scam emails appear to come from a fake BBB employee claiming that the recipient needs to review a complaint that has been filed against them, and advise BBB of their position. From there, the email appears to direct the recipient to the BBB website, but actually directs them to a fraudulent outside link.

This email scam primarily targets accountants, but BBB has received reports of other professionals receiving the emails.

Steps to take:
  • Do not reply or click on the link in the email
  • Forward fake BBB emails to phishing@council.bbb.org
  • Delete the email
  • I you clicked on any of the links run a virus scan on your computer

This is the latest iteration in a recent outbreak of scams using the BBB name. For more information about other versions of the scam, please see the following articles: