Beware small biz scam


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The Federal Trade Commission is warning small business owners to be wary of e-mails that say they’re from the FTC.

They’re not, the agency said in a news release last week, and should be deleted, not opened.

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“If you are going to hear from us, you’ll know it’s an official FTC communication,” said spokesman Jay Mayfield. The FTC is not going to e-mail a business owner from out of the blue.

The phony FTC e-mail states that a complaint has been filed against the receiver’s business. It contains a link to consumer complaints, a link to the FTC’s contact and an FTC phone number. The e-mail and everything in it is fake, the FTC said in a March 4 news release.

Anyone who opens this e-mail should not click on any links or attachments because they might install viruses or spyware.

Again, the FTC recommends, delete this e-mail.

To contact the FTC with a complaint, call 1–877-FTC-HELP.

-John Loftus

Current Edition Star

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