We often trust the Better Business Bureau to warn us about scammers, but now, you might want to think twice if you see an e-mail with their name on it.
The BBB warns about a scam circulating that uses their name a logo in an attempt to steal your password and download viruses on your computer.
The e-mails look a lot like a typical notice from the bureau, with one example reading, "this e-mail has been automatically sent to you because the Better Business Bureau has got an abuse, claiming that your company is violating the Fair Labor Standards Act."
It then goes on to provide a link that the scammer says you should click on for more information. Don't!
This is a trick to download a virus on your computer or gain access to your passwords and other important information.
If you've received a similar e-mail, the BBB offers some tips to avoid falling victim:
-Do not click on any links or attachments.
-Read the e-mail carefully for signs that it may be fake (misspellings, grammatical errors, generic greetings like "Dear member," instead of using your name, etc.)
-Be wary of instructions asking you to take immediate action or risk having your account closed.
-Hover your mouse over the provided link without clicking the address to see if it is truly from the BBB.org. The URL in the text should match the URL your mouse detects. If it doesn't, it's most likely a scam.
-Send a copy of the e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (Note: this is only when filing a complaint about a scam that uses the BBB's name and logo).
-Delete the e-mail from your computer and empty out your recycling bin.
-Run anti-virus software updates frequently and do a full system scan.
If you've already clicked on a faulty link, immediately change your e-mail and network passwords and notify your local IT provider for the next steps.