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BBB Cautions about Fraudulent Phishing E-mail

BBB or the Better Business Bureau for East Texas and Brazos Valley in Texas have received notification from their branch office in Utah that a phishing electronic mail has victimized it just as the e-mail is circulating nationwide, thus published Brenhambanner.com dated November 23, 2011.

Earlier BBB used the e-mail id snieves@utah.bbb.org that was of the Utah Bureau's complaint handler, but that e-mail id is no longer in use.

Apparently, BBB Utah has got reports indicating e-mails are getting distributed from ids gthomas@utah.bbb.org or kenjohnson@utah.bbb.org that are in fact not valid. What's more, additional e-mails may emerge from other ids during the forthcoming days, it notes.

Meanwhile, President and CEO Bill Guire of BBB, Brazos Valley stated that the new phishing e-mails carried a file attachment containing computer virus. Brenhambanner.com reported this.

Guire further stated that the sources of the e-mails were likely foreign countries, while the IT and Legal departments of the Council of BBB were jointly trying to get in touch with the 2 websites, which had been compromised, for telling them to close without delay.

Remarking about the above scam electronic mail, Executive Communications Director Howard Schwartz of BBB's Connecticut Division stated that scams using BBB's name weren't new. Newyork.cbslocal.com reported this on November 23, 2011.

Schwartz further stated that previously enterprises countrywide got notices which said that their operations had been reviewed that showed negative results. Actually in those, scammers attempted at making users click malevolent web-links. However according to Schwartz, users can save themselves from getting victimized with the latest scam by not following any web-link within the e-mails, viewing any file attached alternatively just answering the messages. Rather, they must delete the e-mails, he said.

But suppose anyone did hit on the web-links alternatively viewed the files attached then that person must erase the related e-mails followed with performing a computer scrutiny for virus, he added.

Furthermore, BBB recommended that users getting a BBB issued e-mail that filed a complaint vis-à-vis their enterprises and those users wanted assistance for knowing the e-mail's legitimacy then they should contact the Bureau via the hotline number it had set up.

Related article: BBA Outlines Steps To Ward Off Online Fraud

» SPAMfighter News - 29-11-2011

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