'BBB' e-mail, blog posts just phishing

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November 02, 2008|By Dan Thanh Dang

Beware of e-mail messages and blog posts that direct consumers to register software with the Better Business Bureau. The BBB warns that the messages are phishing schemes designed to fool people into sharing private information.

The BBB says the public should know that such messages and posts are not coming from the BBB system, and that the attempts have not compromised BBB computer systems or data.

Reports to the BBB began arriving last month about bogus messages requiring businesses and people to "register new software and update contact information" with the BBB. The messages also provided a link for the process. In its investigation, the BBB discovered phony "notices" and postings on Web logs that were designed to reach more victims.

"Anyone receiving an e-mail or viewing a blog requiring the registration of software with BBB should not click on any links or in any way respond to the message, because doing so may allow harmful viruses or spyware to enter the recipient's computer or network,"said Angie Barnett, president and chief executive of BBB Greater Maryland.

If you believe you've received this e-mail, report it to phishing@council.bbb.org. The BBB is working with the U.S. Secret Service's Electronic Crimes Task Force to address the issue.

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