Citing that residents of Mississippi have recently received alarming emails that allegedly contain an “FBI Alert” regarding persons with whom the email recipient has had communication with online. The email requests that the recipient contact the “FBI secret service” by following a link contained within the email.
The following is the actual message:
We have an information for you regarding the person you are transacting with online. You need to see this yourself. Contact us immediately for this is very important to you. Keep it to yourself and contact us, get back to us immediately. There is something you need to know about this person or you might end up loosing everything you ever worked for. Stop e-mailing until you hear from us. Contact FBI secret service with the e-mail below email@example.com FBI secret service.
The FBI wants consumers to know that they do not send unsolicited emails and offers the following advice about preventative measures you can take to minimize the risk of exposing your computer to a virus:
- Be suspicious of any unsolicited e-mail.
Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
- Log directly onto an official website for the entity identified in the e-mail, instead of “linking” to one from an unsolicited e-mail.
Contact the actual entity that supposedly sent the e-mail to verify if the e-mail is legitimate.
- Be watchful of spelling errors, grammar problems, or inconsistent information.
In order to address Internet threats, including scam or fraudulent emails, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) encourages you to notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at www.ic3.gov.
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