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BBB Warns of New Email Scam — Fake Mail From the BBB

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The Better Business Bureau, the folks who try to keep us up-to-date on scams, is the subject of the latest scam making the rounds.

In this scam, you may open your email to find some mail claiming to be from the BBB. Like most scam emails, the letter will then tell you that they are updating their files and that it’s very important that you update your information. Cue the alarm bells, because this is where they get your personal information and proceed to steal your identity.

Carmen Million, of the BBB, has some advice that could keep you from being a victim of this email scam.

According to the BBB press release:

Do not click on the link or any attachments. Be wary of any 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 on them 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, the email is probably a scam.

If you receive a scam email, forward it to the email address phishing@council.bbb.org. This address is only to be used for scam emails using the BBB logo.After you forward it, delete the email from your computer completely. Be sure delete it from your trash can and deleted email folder as well

It’s always okay to be overly cautious when dealing with any email.

Be sure you have a good virus protection system and run frequent scans.

 

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