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Randall Jeppesen, KSL Newsradio There's a warning out today about an e-mail that claims to be coming from the Federal Trade Commission, but it's really just an attempt to steal your identity.
The e-mail looks as real as it possibly could. The sender address even ends with "ftc.gov" and has the Federal Trade Commission logo on it.
Utah Department of Commerce Director Francine Giani says the e-mail indicates you're being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission. "It contains and attachment and links that download a virus on the user's computer to collect personal information, including account numbers and passwords," she said.
You don't even have to type anything to be infected; just one click on the link is all it takes.
Giani says if you see the e-mail, don't open it. Forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it.