Subscribe to the InfoTech eNewsletter

infoTECH News

TMCNet:  BRIEF: Got a consumer complaint email? Beware, it could be a scam

[January 16, 2013]

BRIEF: Got a consumer complaint email? Beware, it could be a scam

Jan 16, 2013 (Los Angeles Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- YOU GET AN EMAIL FROM THE GOVERNMENT -- There's a consumer complaint against your business.

Your first impulse: Click on the link inside to see what's up.

This time, though, don't do it.

The subject line reads, "NOTIFICATION OF CONSUMER COMPLAINT," the FTC said.

Inside, a nasty surprise awaits: links to online sites that supposedly give information about the "complaint." But the whole thing is a fake. It's a ploy by hackers to get recipients of the email to click on a link that could install a virus or other kind of spyware on your computer.

That kind of malware, as security experts call it, can enable a hacker to "gain access to personal financial documents on a computer that might have account numbers or social security numbers," said Beth Givens, director of Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group in San Diego.

"It's the kind of information," Givens said, "that someone could use to start up a new account in their name." In other words -- identity theft.

The FTC's advice: "Delete the email." ___ (c)2013 the Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at Distributed by MCT Information Services

[ InfoTech Spotlight's Homepage ]

blog comments powered by Disqus


Subscribe to InfoTECH Spotlight eNews

InfoTECH Spotlight eNews delivers the latest news impacting technology in the IT industry each week. Sign up to receive FREE breaking news today!
FREE eNewsletter

infoTECH Whitepapers