FBI Launches E-Mail Alerts on Public Website
For Immediate Release
January 17, 2007
FBI National Press Office
Washington, D.C.— To improve
public safety and law enforcement partnerships, the FBI recently
launched a service that sends out e-mail alerts when new
and vital information is posted on its Internet website.
“Through these alerts, the FBI’s breaking
news and information comes straight to you—to your
PC, laptop, or wireless device,” said John Miller,
Assistant Director for Public Affairs. “It’s
a fast, effective way of keeping our partners and the public
informed about terrorist threats, missing kids, wanted
fugitives, emerging scams, major cases, and more. And most
importantly, it will help us do a better job of catching
criminals and keeping the American people safe.”
Signing up is easy. Just click on the red envelope icons
found on the FBI’s main website at http://www.fbi.gov and
on the websites of its 56 field offices nationwide. No
personal information is required, just an e-mail address
where the alerts will be sent. Subscribers select which
topics that they want updates on, such as new e-scams and
warnings, most wanted terrorists, top ten fugitives, and
national and local press releases. The alerts are sent
as soon as updates are posted on the FBI website or in
daily, weekly, or monthly digests.
Since launching the service in October, the FBI has e-mailed
more than 600,000 alerts to nearly 14,000 subscribers.
Through its website, the FBI has also begun providing
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) news feeds for press releases,
top stories, and other breaking news. Go to http://www.fbi.gov/rss.htm for
The FBI website, which is visited by 2-3 million people
from around the world each month, has been an important
public safety and communications tool for more than a decade.
On the site, you can report crime, help find fugitives
and missing persons, apply for a job, request FBI records,
get tips on how to “be crime smart,” and learn
how to do business with the Bureau.
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