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Todd Dills

The Federal Trade Commission isn’t after you

| November 05, 2007

If you receive an e-mail purporting to be from the Fraud Department of the Federal Trade Commission, claiming a customer has filed a complaint against you, don’t worry. Thousands of people are getting the same e-mail, but it’s a fake, and its attachments contain a computer virus, the FTC says.

In this warning about the virus, the FTC asks that you forward any such e-mail, without opening the attachments, to, then delete it.

We figured this was worth posting at Channel 19 because small-business people such as owner-operators might be especially worried by the prospect of a customer complaining to the feds, and that worry might lead them to hastily click themselves into genuine trouble.

You can read more about the bogus e-mail here at the invaluable strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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