Beware small biz scam

The Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion is warn­ing small busi­ness own­ers to be wary of e-mails that say they’re from the FTC.

They’re not, the agency said in a news re­lease last week, and should be de­leted, not opened.

“If you are go­ing to hear from us, you’ll know it’s an of­fi­cial FTC com­mu­nic­a­tion,” said spokes­man Jay May­field. The FTC is not go­ing to e-mail a busi­ness own­er from out of the blue.

The phony FTC e-mail states that a com­plaint has been filed against the re­ceiv­er’s busi­ness. It con­tains a link to con­sumer com­plaints, a link to the FTC’s con­tact and an FTC phone num­ber. The e-mail and everything in it is fake, the FTC said in a March 4 news re­lease.

Any­one who opens this e-mail should not click on any links or at­tach­ments be­cause they might in­stall vir­uses or spy­ware.

Again, the FTC re­com­mends, de­lete this e-mail.

To con­tact the FTC with a com­plaint, call 1-877-FTC-HELP.

-John Loftus

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