July 17, 2007
FBI National Press Office
Warns Public of E-mail Scams
FBI today warned the public against three separate Internet
scams that continue to flourish through spam e-mails. The
warning comes after the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center
(IC3) received a rising number of complaints from citizens
over the past few weeks.
one scam, an e-mail recipient receives an electronic greeting
card containing malware (malicious software). The cards,
which are also referred to as e-cards or postcards, are
being sent via spam. Like many other Internet fraud schemes,
the perpetrators use social engineering tactics to entice
the victim, claiming the card is from a family member or
friend. Although there have been variations in the spam
message and attached malware, generally the spam directs
the recipient to click the link provided in the email to
view their e-card. Upon clicking the link, the recipient
is unknowingly taken to a malicious web page.
another scam, fraudulent e-mails misrepresent the FBI and/or
Director Robert S. Mueller III and give the appearance of
legitimacy due to the usage of pictures of the FBI Director,
seal, letter head, and/or banners. The types of schemes
utilizing the Director's name and/or FBI are lottery endorsements
and inheritance notifications.
third is spam e-mail which claim to be from an official
of the U.S. military sent on behalf of American soldiers
stationed overseas. The scam e-mails vary in content; however,
the general theme of each is to request personal information
and/or funds from the individual receiving the e-mail.
spam e-mail messages are hoaxes and should be immediately
deleted. Consumers need to be wary of unsolicited e-mails
that request them to take any action even if that means
just clicking on an attachment. It is possible that by "double-clicking"
on attachments to these messages, recipients will cause
malicious software e.g., viruses, keystroke loggers,
or other Trojan horse programsto be launched on their
further information on computer safety tips please visit
the FBI website at www.fbi.gov and the IC3 website at www.ic3.gov.