The Whistleblower blog was started in 2008. Look for posts by these contributors: James Eli Shiffer, Jane Friedmann, Brandon Stahl, Eric Roper and Alejandra Matos. | Check out the Whistleblower archive.

Find us on Facebook and Twitter. Find our watchdog and investigative work at The Investigators.

The Star Tribune's journalists need your help blowing the whistle in Minnesota. Contact us here.

Scammers claim to be with the BBB

Posted by: Kelly Smith under Scams Updated: January 27, 2012 - 12:13 PM

Scammers are going to new lengths to infect your computer with a virus by claiming to be the Better Business Bureau.

In a news release on Thursday, the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota warned consumers not to take the bait in the phishing scam, where callers offer to help remove a virus from a computer after it was infected from an e-mail scam using the BBB name. Consumers have reported that the scammers often call from the phone number 858-102-3258, but it may not always show up on the phone.

The BBB reminded consumers not to give out personal information to callers. The organization also doesn’t offer outside tech support.

Scammers are also sending consumers and business owners e-mails that appear to be from the BBB informing them of a complaint against their business and requesting that they update their information by completing an online form. Don’t click on the links if you receive a suspicious e-mail. For more information, go to the BBB web site.

 

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT