Update (Nov. 21, 2011): BBB was able to get the domain featured in this scam (http://www.better-businessbureau.org/) shut down for trademark violations.
Better Business Bureau is cautioning businesses and consumers about a website and phone calls that are purporting to be from BBB about sweepstakes’ winnings. This is a scam – BBB is not conducting a sweepstake.
A complaint filed by a Virginia consumer with BBB Richmond first identified the scam. The calls appear to come from a fake BBB employee claiming that the customer has won $2.5 million and a Mercedes Benz. The representative directs customers to http://www.better-businessbureau.org/, which contains misinformation and fraudulent claims. BBB is urging consumers not to visit this site. The official BBB website is www.bbb.org.
Should you receive such a call, please disregard its message, and report any information received to BBB’s Scam Portal. BBB lawyers are working to find out who is behind this and will take all appropriate action to protect its trademark.