For Immediate Release
August 2, 2007
FBI National Press Office
FBI Explains Role in Bridge Collapse Investigation; Warns About Possible Scams
The federal investigation is being led by the National
Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The FBI is in a support
role in this incident.
The FBI responded to the collapsed bridge to offer assistance and conduct any investigation necessary. Although it is early in the investigation, we have no reason at this time to believe there is any nexus to terrorism. The Minneapolis office of the FBI has provided special agents, its Evidence Response Team, and support in the command post. Additional Evidence Response Team assistance is being sent from FBI offices in Chicago and San Antonio. "We will provide whatever resources we have available if requested by the NTSB or the State of Minnesota," said Special Agent Richard Kolko from Washington, D.C.
We would also like to share a public service message at
this time. In recent history, tragic incidents such as
9/11, hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the Virginia Tech
shootings have all prompted individuals with criminal intent
to solicit for contributions for a charitable organization
and/or a good cause. Consumers should consider the following:
- Do not respond to unsolicited (SPAM) e-mail.
- Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves
as officials soliciting via e-mail for donations.
- Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited
- Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures
in attached files, as the files may contain viruses.
Only open attachments from known senders.
- To ensure contributions are received and used for intended
purposes, make contributions directly to recognized organizations
rather than relying on others to make the donation on
- Validate the legitimacy of the organization by directly
accessing the recognized charity or aid organization's
website rather than following an alleged link to the
- Attempt to verify the legitimacy of the non-profit
status of the organization by using various Internet-based
resources, which also may assist in confirming the actual
existence of the organization.
- Do not provide personal or financial information to
anyone who solicits contributions: providing such information
may compromise your identity and open you to identity
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