Scammers Target Businesses with Fake Emails

A favorite trick for rip-off artists is to pretend to represent a trustworthy and respected organization. Today — and we mean that literally — we’re hearing from businesses that have received email exploiting the good name of the Federal Trade Commission. We don’t want you to lose money or valuable information to a scam artist sending a phony message claiming you’re a target of the FTC.

Scammers have sent thousands of emails that appear to be from the FTC. These emails to businesses claim that people have filed complaints about their companies. So if you get an unexpected email that claims to be from the FTC and that asks you to click on a link or attachment for information about consumer complaints, don’t open it. Don’t click on the links. If you do, it may install malware on your computer. You can forward the email to, but you should definitely delete it. 

Tagged with: business, FTC, phishing, scam
Blog Topic: Avoid Scams


They're doing the same with the name of the Better Business Bureau - I've gotten a couple of emails. Also getting text Spam on my cell phone 'from Target'...hit delete people!

scammers. can put malware on your computers.

I, been getting email"s. People want money from me.
Do not send no money to anyone if you do not know who they are.

Although banned in the US, scraping software is freely available online - sourced from outside countries. We need to do a better job at closing these loopholes.

Leave a Comment

Comment Policy

Read Our Privacy Act Statement

It is your choice whether to submit a comment. If you do, you must create a user name, or we will not post your comment. The Federal Trade Commission Act authorizes this information collection for purposes of managing online comments. Comments and user names are part of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) public records system, and user names also are part of the FTC’s computer user records system. We may routinely use these records as described in the FTC’s Privacy Act system notices. For more information on how the FTC handles information that we collect, please read our privacy policy.