- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginia business owners about a consumer complaint scam.

Morrisey says some businesses have received a fraudulent email warning that a complaint has been filed with the Federal Trade Commission. The email asks the recipient to click on a link. Doing so may install malware that can cause the computer to crash or enable the scammer to take over a person’s online activity, steal his or her personal information, send spam and commit fraud.

Morrisey says fraudulent emails can look authentic. This one uses an FTC logo, references the Consumer Credit Protection Act and mentions a formal investigation.

He says anyone who gets such an email should call the Consumer Protection Office at 1-800-368-8808, or contact the FTC.

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