Scammers Hijack FTC's Name for Fake Complaint Emails
A new phishing scam is making the rounds disguised as a consumer complaint notification from the Federal Trade Commission. The BBB says if you receive it, just hit "delete."
How the Scam Works:
You get an email that appears to be from the FTC with the subject line: "Notification of a Consumer Complaint." The email states that a complaint has been filed against your business, and you need to review and respond to the allegations.
The email provides a link for you to supposedly click through to the FTC website and download a PDF of the complaint details. The link really goes to a third party website, and the file you download is actually malware that scans your computer for personal and banking information.
Scammers use the FTC name, seal and header in this new phishing scam.
Like most scams, this one is not set in stone. Several variations already exist, and scammers will continue to alter the emails as news of the con spreads. Watch out for changes in the subject line and the complaint details. Older reports of the scam involve emails that urge recipients to call a fake FTC help hotline or complete an online complaint form.
How to Spot a Phishing Email: