Your BBB® has learned that there are emails currently circulating claiming to offer you a free pizza; however, what it really contains is malware.
An article by the FTC yesterday says that the email states that it is Pizza Hut’s 55th anniversary and that consumers can join in the celebration by getting a free pizza from any of their restaurants simply by clicking on the “Get Free Pizza Coupon” button. Unfortunately, clicking on the button only installs malware on your computer. You can view an example of the email here.
This is just one of many recent examples of schemers using the names of businesses or government agencies to gain access to an individual’s computer or personal information, among other things. Here are a few things you can do to help spot these schemes:
-Be wary of emails that initially come to your spam folder. Chances are your email’s filter caught it for a reason.
-Be sure to check the “To” box as this may be an indication that the email is spam. Spam emails tend to contain several addresses.
-Before clicking a link contained in an email, hover over the link with your mouse. In the lower left hand corner of your browser, you should see where the link is actually going.
-Ask yourself if you’ve signed up to receive offers from the company supposedly sending you the email. If you haven’t, it is unlikely that they would do so out of the blue
-If all else fails, search the internet for the offer or contact the business and see whether the offer is real.
If you do discover that what you have received is spam, you can report the emails to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by forwarding spam emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. This allows the FTC to add the spam to their database for prosecution. The FTC also recommends reporting the spam to your Internet Service Provider (IPS) although that might take some research to find how to report it. The FTC suggests that most ISPs have an email address to report spam and it usually starts with “abuse@” or “postmaster@”.
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