Consumers nationwide are reporting a new round of phishing email scams using the BBB name and email address, this time targeted at accountants.
This latest scam uses a BBB.org email address in conjunction with the American Institute of CPAs logo and name. The message informs recipients that their CPA license is being terminated due to tax fraud allegations and encourages them to click on a link and reply to the charges. The link leads to a third party website that downloads a virus on to the recipient’s computer.
This email scam primarily targets accountants, but BBB has gotten reports of other professionals receiving the emails. The image below is a sample email. Steps to take:
- Do not reply or click on the link in the email
- Forward fake BBB emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Delete the email
This is the latest iteration in a recent outbreak of scams using the BBB name. For more information about other versions of the scam, please see the following articles: