Resident reports scam
Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 4:01 pm
Have you received a suspicious email claiming to be from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III or another Federal Bureau of Investigation official? If so, it is a fake.
A local resident contacted The Messenger Thursday to report he had received such an email alleging to be “an official letter” from the FBI director.
The FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center have increasingly received reports of fraudulent schemes misrepresenting FBI agents, officials and/or the FBI director. The fraudulent emails sometimes give the appearance of legitimacy due to the use of pictures of the FBI director, seal, letterhead and/or banners. The types of schemes utilizing the names of FBI agents, officials or the director’s name are typically lottery endorsements and inheritance notifications.
Other fraudulent schemes representing the FBI claim to be from the agency’s domestic as well as overseas offices. The schemes cover a range from threat and extortion emails, website monitoring containing malicious computer program attachments (malware) and online auction scams.
The social engineering technique of utilizing the FBI’s name is to intimidate and convince the recipient the email is legitimate, according to the FBI — which does not send out emails soliciting personal information from citizens.
Published in The Messenger 10.14.11