BBB Fake Emails Continue to Pile Up

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By Better Business Bureau

 Businesses and consumers across the country have been hit by an on-going email scam that appears to be from the Better Business Bureau. The fake emails started in November, and have changed forms a number of times. Most of them include a virus – if the recipient clicks on a link. 

BBB Louisville was alerted by an Accredited Business today about the latest version, which accused the business of illegal activities: 

From: Better Business Bureau 

Sent: Friday, February 24, 2012 7:08 AM 

To: ___________ 

Subject: Your business is accused of illegal activities. 

Valued business proprietor, we have obtained several complaints about your company alleged involvement in identity theft. You are asked to provide your official response to this complaint within 28 days. Failure to provide the corresponding response will result in cancellation your Better Business Bureau rating and possible withdrawal of your BBB accreditation status. 

Complaint ID #4248764 

Council of Better Business Bureaus 

3033 Wilson Blvd, Suite 600 

Arlington, VA 22201 

Phone: 1 (703) 276.0100 

Fax: 1 (703) 525.8277 

In another round of BBB phishing email scams last week, the scammers targeted accountants. 

This scam uses a BBB.org email address in conjunction with the American Institute of CPAs logo and name. The message informs recipients that their CPA license is being terminated due to tax fraud allegations and encourages them to click on a link and reply to the charges. The link leads to a third party website that downloads a virus on to the recipient’s computer. This email scam primarily targets accountants, but BBB has gotten reports of other professionals receiving the emails. 

Another wave of BBB phishing emails contain a subject line reading "BBB SBQ Form," followed by a series of numbers. Recipients are asked to click on a link to update their information with Better Business Bureau. The link supposedly leads to a form on BBB.org, but it really goes to a third party website that downloads a virus on your computer.