The Better Business Bureau has issued a scam warning about a fraudulent website that they have recently had shut down.

Scam: Fake File Download

Who Is It Targeting: Residents of North Carolina

What Is It: The Better Business Bureau has issued a scam warning about a fraudulent website that they have recently had shut down. The email can be sent to anyone, but it seems to be rampant in the North Carolina Region recently. Though the website has been shut down, emails sent from the scammers running the website can still be found in internet users email boxes.  The emails appear as though they are coming from one of the recipient’s contacts and contain either a link or a file within the email which appears to come from dropbox.  The email seems to be a request from the email recipient’s contact to download a file that they have sent.  However, the file, or email, will contain malware which will infect the recipient’s computer and can lead to the theft of personal information.

What Are They After: Access to Computer

How Can You Avoid It: Even emails which seem to come from contacts and well known friends or acquaintances may not be coming from them. If an individual has their email hacked, hackers can send emails from that account. The individual who has been hacked may not even  know it has occurred.  If you receive a file or a link from someone when you weren’t expecting it, don’t open it.  If there is a question in your mind about what it could be simply contact your friend via another methods and ask if they in fact sent the email.  You should also be sure that your computer has complete anti-virus and that it is up to date.  That way dangerous elements may be detected before they are installed or may be deleted once they already are. If you have been a victim of this scam you can report it to the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office by calling 877-566-7226.