The Better Business Bureau is warning of a spoofing scam that uses its name and a phony e-mail that urges recipients to click a hyperlink that could download a computer virus.

The BBB system, which has 129 branches, said a company from Kennesaw, Ga., had its computer system hacked Monday night and that the company’s computers were generating thousands of counterfeit messages to businesses and consumers, purporting to be a complaint filed with the BBB against the recipient.

The incident was first reported to the BBB branch that serves the Columbus, Ga., area by one of its members, according to the alert. The spoofed e-mails were sent to thousands of businesses in the U.S. and Canada.