Phishing scam emails claim to be from watchdog group

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A new phishing scam targeting business owners and consumers is using a watchdog group's logo claiming companies are violating federal labor laws.

The Better Business Bureau is alerting people getting these emails that those emails are not from the group and that they are fake. 

The group says, those emails are designed to get people to click on links that could then install malware and steal passwords or a company's records.

The group provides these tips if you do get an email claiming to be from BBB:

  • Do NOT click on any links or attachments.
  • Read the email carefully for signs that it may be fake (for example, misspellings, grammatical errors, generic greetings such as "Dear member" instead of a name, etc.).
  • Be wary of urgent instructions to take specified action such as "Click on the link or your account will be closed."
  • 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.
  • Send a copy of the email to phishing@council.bbb.org (Note: This address is only for scams that use the BBB name or logo).
  • Delete the email from your computer completely (be sure to empty your "trash can" or "recycling bin," as well).
  • Run anti-virus software updates frequently and do a full system scan.
  • Keep a close eye on your bank statements for any unexpected or unexplained transactions.
  • If you have clicked on any of the links within the email, immediately change your email and network passwords AND notify your local IT provider for next steps and actions.

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