Email Scams Target Small Businesses



The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is celebrating “National Consumer Protection Week” in the U.S., but it’s not celebrating an impostor email scam that targets small business. The agency issued an alert to warn small businesses about an email that falsely claims it’s from the FTC.

 It’s important to discard this email because clicking on links can install viruses or malware on your computer.

The agency didn’t provide a copy of the email, but the fake subject headline shouts, “NOTIFICATION OF CONSUMER COMPLAINT.”

Everything about the email is phony. It says there’s a complaint filed against the small business and of course there’s a link to something that’s supposed to be the FTC.  Again, that’s where the trouble lies. In a blink of of eye, bad stuff can invade your computer. Do not click on the link.

The FTC’s advice:

  • Do not open the email
  • If you have opened it, do not click any links or attachments because they may install a virus or other spyware on your computer.
  • Delete the email.

Contact the FTC If you receive one of the emails and are concerned contact the FTC at its real site We have more useful information and great videos on  Take a look.  Join our growing community. “Like” the videos and let us know what you think.  


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Barbara Nevins Taylor

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