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BBB issues scam alert

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Southwest Missouri has issued an urgent scam alert regarding a filed complaint email that appears to be generated by a bbb.org email address.

"If you receive this type of email, simply delete it," said Judy Mills, BBB of Southwest Missouri president and chief executive officer. "That's the best way to protect yourself and your computer."

The email, which appears to come from a fake BBB employee, claims that the recipient needs to review the information and advise the BBB of their position. A link in the email appears to direct the recipient to the BBB website but instead directs them to an outside link.

The BBB does not send complaints as attachments through email messages. This type of email is fraudulent and does not originate from the BBB. The BBB strongly advises consumers and businesses to not open the email or click on the link within the email.

Businesses and individuals who receive these types of emails are encouraged to report them to the BBB Scam Portal at www.bbb.org/scam/report-a-scam/. Recipients who have opened this type of email or clicked on the link within the email are advised to conduct a virus scan immediately.

For more information, call Mills at 417-862-8419 or email her at jmills@southwestmissouri.bbb.org.



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