The Better Business Bureau System warns all businesses and consumers across the United States and Canada of a spoofing scam using the BBB name and a false BBB e-mail address to entice recipients to access potentially damaging hyperlinks.
A firm from Kennesaw, GA, had its computer system hacked last night. That firm's system is now generating thousands of counterfeit messages to businesses and consumers, purporting to be a complaint filed with the BBB.
The incident was first reported to the BBB serving Columbus, GA and the surrounding area by one of its members.
The e-mail has a false return address of email@example.com
All recipients are advised that any e-mail from the firstname.lastname@example.org
The phishing e-mail return address of email@example.com
Phishing is a term coined by computer hackers, who use e-mail to fish the Internet hoping to "hook" recipients into giving them logins, passwords and/or other sensitive information. In all these scams, the phisher first impersonates a legitimate company. In a typical scam, the phisher instructs recipients to click on a convenient link to receive or provide information that can then be used by phishers to access the recipient's sensitive personal or business information. For more information about phishing and for tips to avert other scams, please visit www.bbb.org