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Phishing attack targets top execs

The Better Business Bureau has posted a warning about phishing attacks that target top executives in different business sectors.

“The BBB name continues to be used in phishing scams,” the organization said. “Fraudulent emails containing malicious links and viruses have been sent to businesses and consumers around the country claiming to contain information on a complaint filed with the Better Business Bureau. None of the BBB’s computer and email systems are involved in this hoax. The BBB and authorities are working together to stop these continued attacks.”

Here’s some more from the Web site posting:

THE EMAIL YOU RECEIVED MAY BE FRAUDULENT IF:

  • The email reply address is fake, like those listed below. (Please note: the phishers are constantly changing their tactics but so far they have been using addresses similar to these.)
    • complaints@bbb.org
    • operations@bbb.org
    • consumer-complaints@bbb.org
    • complains-serv@bbb.org
    • compl-srv@bbb.org
    • complntscentercase@bbb.org
  • The body of the email begins with text similar to the below:
  • You have received a complaint in regards to your business services .The complaint was filled By [Complainant’s Name] on 24/05/2007/Complaint Case Number: 363619942
    Complaint made By Consumer – [Complainant’s Name]
    Complaint registered against : – [Company Name]
    Date: 25/05/2007/

Targeted execs are advised to steer clear of such links and attachments, and to aid the investigation by forwarding the email and its headers to phishing@cbbb.bbb.org.

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