Many residents of Florida have received emails in the past few weeks that appear to be sent by workers for the state's Department of Business and Professional Regulation, but these are actually associated with a massive phishing scam.
As such, the DBPR is now cautioning businesses with licenses that they should keep an eye out for any unsolicited emails that appear to have been sent by the department
. Specifically, the scam messages in question ask businesses to call a toll-free number and provide the people on the other end with personal information.
If a license-holder receives such an email, he or she should not only ignore it, but also report it to the DBPR directly, the report said. In the past, the department has issued warnings about this kind of scam, particularly when the emails involved were not solicited. Adam Levin
, chairman for Identity Theft
911, has a blog about the ways in which consumers and business owners can be affected by phishing attacks, and what they can do to be on the lookout for them.
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