February 2, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says businesses should be wary if they receive e-mails that look like they are from the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC. The FTC has advised his office that scammers have sent thousands of phony e-mails that appear to be from the commission with the claim that consumers have filed complaints about their businesses.
“Just as scams targeting citizens are unacceptable, so are those that aim to harm Ohio businesses,” DeWine said. “Everyone needs to be informed and alert to prevent themselves from becoming victims.”
DeWine said businesses can protect themselves by not clicking on links in any unexpected or suspicious e-mails. In addition, he said more information about the scam can be found at www.business.ftc.gov.
DeWine also took the opportunity to highlight other scams that businesses have faced, including:
He said businesses and consumers can also visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov to learn more about scams and ways to avoid them. Complaints can also be filed at the Attorney General’s website or by calling 800-282-0515.
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at firstname.lastname@example.org