THE SCAM: Phony Better Business Bureau complaint
HOW IT WORKS: The Better Business Bureau again is warning of an e-mail scam using its name. It comes in the form of an e-mail that details a supposed complaint the bureau received and has an attachment that supposedly contains more "details." BBB officials say the attachment carries computer viruses that give the sender access to personal financial information stored on the victim's computer or entered on a Web page.
WHAT'S AT STAKE: Your computer and your personal financial information
HOW TO BEAT IT: Be careful if you haven't made complaints or inquiries to the BBB. Addresses recently used by scammers include: complaint.bbb.org; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com or BBB OnLine firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't open attachments. Instead forward them to email@example.com. For more information, read the alert at us.bbb.org under "Announcements."
Contact Bee staff writer Ben van der Meer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2331.
For past Scam Alerts, go to www.modbee.com/business/scam.