“Pending FTC complaint” emails are fakes

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 spam@uce.gov, but then delete as soon as you do.

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DOES ANY KNOW HOW TO POST MY PERSONAL STORY AND TELL TO THE WORLD HOW I WAS SCAMMED BY A FAKED IRS AGENT? PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW.

Please report your experience at ftc.gov/complaint so it becomes part of the FTC database. State, federal and international law enforcement agencies use the database. Your complaints help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies bring scam artists to justice.

We can't address complaints that you discuss in the blog comments.

Keep up the good work

IF I GET ONE OF THESE EMAILS I WILL CALL THE FTC FIRST AND MAKE SURE IT IS IN FACT FROM THEM ! THANK YOU , FTC FOR THE GREAT WORK & INFO . I SEE YOU ARE DOING YOUR BEST TO INFORM THE PUBLIC .

You are quite infourmitve .I spelled wrong but i think you know what i am saying , i swear by the info you put out . keep up your good work , it is a very shocking that some persons are posing as you . I hope you catch them . they really have alot of nerve to even think of doing such a thing , just like the people posing as the IRS! they are fooling around eith government ATTU.. They must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law when caught !

I agree Xavier. I try and forward all false information to the FTC. No where is safe, not even in your own home with your CPU & cell phones. U r correct, they should be punished to fullest of the law.

Sir: No, I did not receive that one but I receive e-mails quite often telling me something like this.
"Your credit has recently had changes made to it". and another one is. "Did you know that someone recently did a background check on you?. Are those kind of things legal?
Thank you very much.

Helen Polacek

Hi Helen,

You might be interested in our articles on phishing and spam.

 

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