Small business claim
The Federal Trade Commission released a statement Wednesday warning small businesses of an email scam. The scam falls into the category I refer to as “phishing,” or making an email appear as sent from a reliable and trustworthy source. In this case, the source is the Federal Trade Commission itself.
Small businesses reported receiving emails showing the sender as the FTC, with a subject line, “pending consumer complaint.” The messages goes on to tell the recipient of a consumer complaint against the business. The messages contain an attachment, described as detailing the complaint. Anyone opening the attachment opens themselves up to extreme risk of installing a virus or spyware on their computer system.
Anyone receiving such an email needs to delete it without opening these attachments or links.
This kind of “phishing” is pretty common. I received similar emails here in the sheriff’s office, appearing as though sent by the Better Business Bureau, or Dun and Bradstreet, a financial rating firm, with the subject lines referring to complaints against my office. You should ignore such emails and delete them. If you wish, before you delete them, you can forward them on to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are both bona fide organizations which exist to track and deter this kind of nonsense.
Seniors vs. Crime plans to staff a table at the KROS Mercy Plus 50 Living Fair on April 29. This event is in its 24th year, and this year will be held at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort. If you visit the fair, stop by our table.
Seniors vs. Crime will co-host with AARP, a Safe Driving For Seniors class, scheduled for May 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clinton Community College Technology Center at 1951 Manufacturing Drive in Clinton. A lunch will be provided. To register, call (563) 441-4100. The class numbers are 137751 for AARP members, costing $15, and 13759 for non-AARP numbers, costing $20.
You can contact me at Seniors vs. Crime at the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office at 242-9211, ext. 4433, to report any scams, frauds, or exploiting of seniors. Most of what I learn, I learn from folks who call in to report these activities to me.
Randy Meier is the director of Seniors vs. Crime, which operates in conjunction with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.