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HEARD ABOUT THE NEW "FBI" IDENTITY THEFT SCAM?
Don't buy it

10/08/03

Identity Theft Scam graphicThey're sweeping the country: e-mails that pretend to be helping you.

What do they say? They say that debit card information is being stolen on a massive scale. They say you can protect yourself by registering your debit card information with the FBI.

What do they ask you to do? They link you to a site that LOOKS like the FBI website, and they ask you to plug all your personal information into an official looking form... to ensure that "any fraud operations with your account... not be made." Hah.

Don't do it!

This is the oldest new scam in the book. Your information would go straight into the hands of crooks, and their hands would go straight into your bank accounts.

What should you do if you get one of these e-mails? Don't delete it... just yet. Take the time to contact your nearest FBI field office, or file a complaint on the Internet Fraud Complaint Center at http://www.ifccfbi.gov. It's also a good idea to contact your ISP and let it know about the scam. Okay, now delete it.

Protect yourself. For more information on this scam, related scams with credit cards or social security numbers, and other Internet schemes, look inside at Internet tips and Internet Fraud Schemes.