29 Nov 2011

Scam email with virus poses as Better Business Bureau

People in the Kentucky area who find an email from the Better Business Bureau in their inbox may want to be cautious, as it has been reported that a fake email with a virus has been sent out. The email appears to be from the Council of Better Business Bureaus in Arlington, Virginia, about a recently filed complaint. Users should have antivirus software loaded and ready to protect their computer at all times.

The email appears to come from an employee saying that the recipient needs to review the matter and talk to the BBB. The email gives a phone number and appears to direct the recipient to the BBB's website, but actually goes to an outside website that could infect the user's computer.

"Phone calls and emails to our BBB this morning indicate that many business owners are returning from a long holiday weekend to find this email in their inboxes," said Heather Clary, director of communications for the BBB of Central and Eastern Kentucky. "This email is fraudulent and does not originate from our BBB. The email attachment and link are malicious, and we strongly advise not opening or clicking them. If you have, do a virus scan to see if your computer has been infected."
For emails like these and general use of the internet, the BBB suggests using an antivirus program to protect the computer, shop on trustworthy websites, be weary of all emails and always beware of phishing attempts.