Phishing Scheme Posing as BBB Contacts Valley Business

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Monday, September 11 2017 Sep 11, 2017 September 11, 2017 6:27 PM September 11, 2017 in News

ALAMO – Genaro Montelongo was shocked by what he discovered in his inbox this morning.

It was an email stating his roofing company was in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The sender said they were with the Better Business Bureau.

"You know being a bit savvy I like to think I kind of was a little weary about it," said Montelongo.

Montelongo said something seemed odd about the email. The email address suffix was from "@earthlink.net."

"It seemed kind of fishy because the email address wasn't from the better business suffix," said Montelongo.

The email prompted him to click on a link for a detailed explanation of the complaint. He didn't do it.

Montelongo was the victim of fraud in 2010. Nearly $6,000 was stolen from his business. The memories of the traumatic event came back to him while reading the email.

"I don't know what information they were trying to phish from me but good thing I caught it early in advance," said Montelongo.

He didn't waste any time contacting the Better Business Bureau.

"Immediately I informed him by email that it was not from us," said Salinas. "If it had anything to do labor issues, he needed to contact the Department of Labor."

Dolores Salinas, president of the Rio Grande Valley BBB tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS the emails are popping up from coast to coast.

"I learned that it was definitely a BBB phishing scam and I was able to let him know to disregard it," said Salinas. "That it was not valid, and for him to delete the email.”

Montelongo is warning Valley business owners to ignore the email. He doesn't want other business owners to have the same negative experience he had several years ago.

"Worst case, you want to keep an eye on your financials and make sure they don't hack into your bank, which is a big concern for everybody," said Montelongo.

If you receive an email as part of a phishing scheme, Salinas warns Valley business owners to call the business or agency the email is supposedly from. She also warns not to click on links in suspicious emails.

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