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BBB warns of email phishing scam

The Better Business Bureau staff almost fell for this clever email con. Watch out for this latest twist in a long line of phishing emails that look like messages from workplace software.

How the scam works

You receive an email at your work address. It looks official, like a message from your office’s project management software. It alerts you that you’ve been added to a new project team, and your “director” is urging you to “follow up on this team urgently.”

Worried about missing a deadline, you click the message. Unfortunately, that’s all it takes to inadvertently grant access to your computer or download malware to your system. This can give con artists access to sensitive information such as passwords, financial data or personal details about employees.

Avoiding the scam

Following are steps to take to prevent the scam from infecting your computer.

• Be suspicious of unsolicited emails. If you think the correspondence is real, confirm it by going directly to the website rather than clicking a link. At work, check with your supervisor before joining any groups.

• Be wary of generic messages. Scammers will try to pass off a short email as harmless, hoping you’ll click quickly without thinking.

People who have been targeted by the scam can help others avoid the same problem by reporting their experience online at bbb.org/scamtracker.

For more information, visit bbb.org/phishingscam.

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