The Federal Trade Commission isn’t after you

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Updated Dec 14, 2009

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 spam@uce.gov, 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 Snopes.com.

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