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Wed., Jan. 18, 2012, 12:43 p.m.

Area businesses getting ‘BBB’ messages that contain malicious web links

Spokane-area and North Idaho businesses were sent a warning today by the local Better Business Bureau about spam messages supposedly sent from the BBB.

The email scam reportedly sends out a message with the words "BBB case # 216145442347." The message includes the BBB's "Start With Trust" image in the header.

The mail includes a link and if clicked, can cause computer problems.

A release sent out on Wednesday said one area business clicked the link and lost a hard drive.

The offending messages include a link that appears to be; Chelsea Dannen, the BBB's social media director, said this is not from the BBB and is a scam.

Those getting those messages should forward them to so that the exact source of the email can be tracked.

For questions, contact the BBB through  the member line at 1-800-248-2356 or email   

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