You’ve Been Subpoenaed by the FTC! – Not Necessarily

Here is another twist on the tried and true Imposter Scam. This time the scam email claims to represent the FTC and states that you have been subpoenaed. Don’t believe it! It’s a scam.

  • The first red flag is that you received notification of this very “important” information by email. No government agency initiates contact with consumers via email. Official communications are done by mail. Legal summons are usually handled by certified mail or personal delivery.
  • Richard Kent, Senior Accountant, University of Windsor, the name listed on this email, is fake. Names with official sounding titles are often used by scammers to legitimize the scam.
  • Never click on any of the links. Instead, hover over the link, without clicking, to be sure it’s from the FTC. Typically, it’s not. One example of this scam email linked back to a website in Vietnam. Last I heard, the FTC did not have a satellite office in that country.
  • Scammers try to leverage our fear of trouble with the government to scare us into clicking on the link or calling the number listed without thinking, “Does this make sense?”
  • If you believe you have an issue with the FTC, contact them directly, using a number or link from a trusted source – not from an unsolicited email. Source: BBB.org

To report a scam, go to the BBB Scam Tracker. To find trustworthy businesses, go to bbb.org.