Wednesday, December 10, 2008
"Consumers continue to be inundated by spam purportedly from the FBI. As with previous spam attacks, the latest versions use the names of several high ranking executives within the FBI and even the IC3 to attempt to defraud consumers.
"Many of the spam e-mails currently in circulation claim to be an 'official order' from the FBI's Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division, from an alleged FBI unit in Nigeria, confirm an inheritance or contain a lottery notification, all informing recipients they have been named the beneficiary of millions of dollars. To claim the large sum, recipients are instructed to furnish their personally identifiable information (PII) and are often threatened with some type of penalty, such as prosecution, if they fail to do so. Specific PII information requested includes, but is notlimited to, the recipient's name, banking information, telephone number, and a copy of their passport.
"The spam e-mail allegedly from the IC3 states that the recipient has extorted moneyand will be given a limited amount of time to refund the money or face prosecution.
"Do not respond. These e-mails are a hoax."
Full Intelligence Note at the IC3...