From the Federal Trade
'Pending FTC complaint'
emails are fakes
By Amy Hebert, FTC
consumer education specialist
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[April 21, 2014]
Have you gotten an email
with the subject line "Pending consumer complaint" that
looks like it came from the FTC? The email warns that a
complaint against you has been filed with the FTC. It
asks you to click on a link or attachment for more
information or to contact the FTC.
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