These emails pull out all the stops to look official: They have
an FTC seal, references to the "Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA)"
and a "formal investigation," and what look like real FTC links.
The truth is that they're fakes.
We've heard from many people
that emails like this are making the rounds. If you get one,
don't open it. Don't click on the links. If you click on the
link, it may install malware on your computer. Malware can cause
your device to crash and can be used to monitor and control your
online activity, steal your personal information, send spam and
commit fraud. You can forward the email to
firstname.lastname@example.org, but then delete
as soon as you do.
[By AMY HEBERT,
Federal Trade Commission;
published in FTC