Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Warning: Be on High Alert for Fake FTC Email Containing Virus


by Heather Wells (Recovery Advocate)


An online article from Reuters dated October 29, 2007, details the latest alarming scam aimed at the unsuspecting public. Reuters reports that an unknown number of consumers may have received a bogus email that appears as though it was sent by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The emails are not from the FTC and are instead designed to lure an innocent victim to click on attachments and links that could leave them vulnerable to Identity Theft.

“'The e-mail says it is from ‘frauddep@ftc.gov’ and has the FTC's government seal. But it was not issued by the agency and has attachments and links that will download a virus that could steal passwords and account numbers, the agency said.

'It's a treasure trove for identity theft," said David Torok of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. ‘We're concerned. The virus that's attached to the e-mail is particularly virulent.’”

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the Federal Trade Commission has had to issue a warning regarding bogus emails. In June of 2007, consumers were also under attack from fraudulent emails that looked like legitimate correspondence from the FTC.

The Federal Trade Commission is encouraging consumers to forward the email to spam@uce.gov, an FTC database, for investigation and then to delete the email. For more official information and instructions, go to the
FTC website.

1 comment:

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