The Better Business Bureau is warning business owners and consumers that the BBB name is being fraudulently used in a phishing scam. The emails look very much like notice of a complaint from BBB, and state “this email notification has been automatically generated and sent to you because BBB has got a complaint, claiming that your company is violating The Safety and Health Act.” The links may contain malware that can infect the recipient’s computer or steal passwords.
If you get an email that looks like it is a BBB complaint:
- Do NOT click on any links or attachments.
- 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.).
- Be wary of urgent instructions to take specified action such as “Click on the link or your account will be closed.”
- 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.
- 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)
- Delete the email from your computer completely (be sure to empty your “trash can” or “recycling bin,” as well).
- Run anti-virus software updates frequently and do a full system scan.
- Keep a close eye on your bank statements for any unexpected or unexplained transactions.
- 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.