The Better Business Bureau reports the circulation of a fraudulent e-mail that appears to be using the BBB's name to lure business owners into a scam.
The e-mail, which comes from the fake address firstname.lastname@example.org,appears to be a notification about a complaint filed against the company. The subject line reads "BBB Complaint #" and is followed by a nine-digit case number.
The body of the e-mail asks the businesses to respond to a complaint filed by Jason Harlow and asks the business owner to go to the website address, www.ca-bbb.org to respond to the e-mail. In some instances, other names were used.
Both BBB-accredited and non-accredited businesses have received these e-mails in Alabama, California, Colorado, Kentucky and Washington.
The BBB advises consumers not to click on any links, as they will upload viruses to the computer.
Beware of phony Better Business Bureau e-mails