BBB Scam of the Year

BBB Scam of the Year

Scam of the Year

The BBB recently released a list of the Top 10 Scams of 2011. And the Scam of the Year involved their name!

It is a phishing scam - Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people received emails imitating an official notice from BBB. The subject line says something like “Complaint Against Your Business.” The instructions tell the recipient to either click on a link or open an attachment to get the details. If the recipient does either, a malicious virus launches. The virus can steal banking information, passwords and other critical pieces of information needed for cyber-theft. BBB is working with security consultants and federal law enforcement to track down the source of these emails, and has already shut down dozens of hijacked websites.

Anyone who has opened an attachment or clicked on a link should run a complete system scan using reputable anti-virus software. If a computer is networked with others, all machines on the network should be scanned.

Source -  BBB of Northeast California