Watchdog: Beware Email 'Phishing' Scam This Holiday

Andy Dahn
December 10, 2018 - 6:36 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A clever scam is surging in popularity this holiday season, and it’s prompted a warning from the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois.

President and CEO Steve Bernas said they're referred to as "phishing emails."

"Those are emails that are allegedly coming from an organization that wants more information from you," Bernas said. "You think it's them, but it's actually a scammer."

A listener recently contacted WBBM Newsradio about similar emails she's received from someone posing as Walmart, telling her to click a link in order to update her address.

"They may be looking for ways to steal your identity,” Bernas said. “More importantly, they may be trying to put malware or spam on your computer."

Bernas said the BBB is seeing major problems related to the emails, many of which can look awfully convincing.

"It's hard to tell the difference if an email is a good one or a bad one because these scammers sometimes copy and paste," Bernas said.

"You've got to be very careful. Don't follow an email unless you know that you're expecting one or that you actually placed an order."