The Better Business Bureau is warning businesses about bogus emails claiming to be from the BBB.
The Bureau says these emails are not coming from the BBB and are part of a widespread phishing attack.
The BBB says they’ve received hundreds of inquires about the bogus emails.
The email claims the business is in violation of either the Safety and Health Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act or has a BBB complaint.
The link asks you to download a document for more information, but the BBB says to not click on it, as it may download malware onto your computer.
The BBB says to follow these steps if you get the email:
1. Do NOT click on any links or attachments.
2. Read the email carefully for signs that it may be fake (for example, misspellings, grammar, generic greetings such as “Dear member” instead of a name, BBB internal department names that do not seem familiar, etc.).
3. Be wary of any urgent instructions to take specified action such as “Click on the link or your account will be closed.”
4. 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.
5. 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)
6. Delete the email from your computer completely (be sure to empty your “trash can” or “recycling bin,” as well).
7. Run anti-virus software updates frequently and do a full system scan.
8. Keep a close eye on your bank statements for any unexpected or unexplained transactions.