Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 11, 2006

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

FBI ALERTS THE PUBLIC OF LATEST E-MAIL FRAUD SOLICITING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR SAGO MINE INCIDENT SURVIVOR

Washington, D.C. - The FBI today is warning the public of a fraudulent e-mail in circulation that requests financial assistance for the survivor of the tragic mining incident in Sago, West Virginia. The e-mail falsely claims to be authored by a physician at the hospital where the survivor is currently receiving medical attention. It describes the condition of the survivor and the financial assistance that is needed for a full recovery.

The FBI takes these matters seriously and is working with other law enforcement and private industry partners to identify the person(s) responsible. Anyone who has received an e-mail of this nature is asked to contact the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) via the website at www.ic3.gov.

As was learned after the tragic events of 9/11/01, the Tsunami disaster, and more recently with Hurricane Katrina, unscrupulous cyber criminals have shown the desire and means to exploit human emotion by attempting to defraud the public when they are perceived to be most vulnerable. Computer users are strongly urged not to open or respond to unsolicited e-mails of any kind. Furthermore, e-mails requesting personal information or soliciting funds should be thoroughly verified for their legitimacy before responding.

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