Criminals Post Fraudulent Online Advertisements For Automobiles, Recreational Vehicles, Boats, And Other Outdoor Equipment Leading To Financial Losses In Excess of $20 Million
November 14, 2014: From June 2009 to June 2014 the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received over 6800 complaints regarding criminals targeting online consumers by posting false advertisements for high priced items such as automobiles, boats, heavy equipment, recreational vehicles, lawn mowers, tractors, and other similar items. These complaints total more than $20 million in reported losses.more
New Twist to the Telephone Tech Support Scam
November 13, 2014: The IC3 has produced Scam Alerts in the past advising the public of an ongoing telephone scam in which callers purport to be an employee of a major software company. The callers have strong foreign accents.more
Fraudulent Websites Posing as Green Dot MoneyPak Customer Support
October 07, 2014: The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has received numerous complaints reporting fraudulent websites posing as MoneyPak customer support. MoneyPak is a non-reloadable, prepaid product offered by Green Dot.more
StealthGenie Mobile Device Spyware Application
September 30, 2014: The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has received reports related to the fraudulent advertisement and selling of StealthGenie, a mobile device spyware application ("app") that is alleged to illegally intercept wire and electronic communications made using mobile phones.more
Internal Revenue Service Telephone Scam
September 25, 2014: The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has received reports related to a telephone scam in which the caller purports to be an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) representative. Using intimidation tactics, the caller tries to take control of the situation from the beginning.more
Cyber Criminals Using Fake Government E-mail to Perpetrate Scam
September 24, 2014: Cyber criminals posing as Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) employees are defrauding the public. The IC3 has received complaints from victims who were receiving e-mails purported to be from the IC3. This advisory informs readers how the scheme works, offers measures to help mitigate the threat, and advises how to report incidents to law enforcement.more
Increase in Insider Threat Cases Highlight Significant Risks to Business Networks and Proprietary Information
September 23, 2014: There has been an increase in computer network exploitation and disruption by disgruntled and/or former employees. The FBI and DHS assess that disgruntled and former employees pose a significant cyber threat to US businesses due to their authorized access to sensitive information and the networks businesses rely on.more
African Cyber Criminal Enterprise Members Using “School Impersonation” Scheme to Defraud Retailers
September 04, 2014: Subjects posing as school officials are defrauding retailers by purchasing large volumes of merchandise using fraudulently obtained lines of credit. Originally this scheme affected mostly office suppliers and computer retailers; however, recent successful attempts lead subjects to use this scheme against other retailers for industrial equipment, pharmaceuticals, safety and medical equipment. This advisory informs readers how the scheme works, offers measures to help mitigate the threat, and advise how to report incidents to law enforcement.more
The Internet Crime Complaint Center Receives 3 Millionth Complaint
May 19, 2014: The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received its 3 millionth consumer Internet crime complaint. The 3 millionth complaint arrived on May 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM.more
Cyber-Related Scams Targeting Universities, Employees, And Students
May 05, 2014: The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is aware of multiple scams targeting universities, university employees, and students across the nation.more
Phishing Attacks On Telecommunication Customers Resulting In Account Takeovers Continue
April 28, 2014: Phishing attacks targeting various telecommunication companies’ customers continue. Individuals receive automated telephone calls that claim to be from the victim’s telecommunication carrier.more
Telephone Scam Alleging A Relative Is In A Financial Or Legal Crisis
April 09, 2014: The Internet Crime Complaint Center continues to receive reports of telephone scams involving calls that claim their “relative” is in a legal or financial crisis. These complaints are sometimes referred to as the “Grandparent Scam.” Scammers use scenarios that include claims of a relative being arrested or in a car accident in another country. Scammers often pose as the relative, create a sense of urgency and make a desperate plea for money to victims. It is not unusual for scammers to beg victims not to tell other family members about the situation.more
Scams Targeting Merchants
March 06, 2014: The FBI is aware of various scams pertaining to re-loadable pre-paid debit cards, but specifically wants to alert the public on a bomb scare scam targeting businesses.more
Callback Scheme Used In International Revenue Share Fraud
February 13, 2014: Telephone companies in the United States are seeing missed calls used to enable International Revenue Share Fraud (IRSF). Fraudsters are using call generators with automated spoofing capabilities to place calls to a large volume of US cell phone numbers. The calls typically ring once. The number displayed on the recipient’s caller ID is a high cost international number, usually located in the Caribbean. The recipient calls the number back and is greeted with a message designed to keep them on the line, such as “Hello, you have reached the operator, please hold.” The longer the caller stays on the line, the more revenue fraudsters generate.more
Holiday Shopping Tips
November 26, 2013: The FBI reminds holiday shoppers to beware of cyber criminals who are out to steal money and personal information. Scammers use many techniques to defraud consumers, from phishing e-mails offering too good to be true deals on brand-name merchandise to offering quick cash to victims who will re-ship packages to additional destinations. Previously reported scams are still being executed today.more
Justice Department Officials Raise Awareness of Disaster Fraud Hotline Following Typhoon Haiyan
November 14, 2013: The Department of Justice, the FBI and the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) remind the public there is a potential for disaster fraud in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Suspected fraudulent activity pertaining to relief efforts associated with the recent series of tornadoes in the Midwest and South should be reported to the NCDF hotline at 866-720-5721. The hotline is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the purpose of reporting suspected scams being perpetrated by criminals in the aftermath of disasters.more
CryptoLocker Ransomware Encrypts User's Files
October 28, 2013: The FBI is aware of a file-encrypting Ransomware known as CryptoLocker. Businesses are receiving emails with alleged customer complaints containing attachments that when opened, appear as a window that is in fact a malware downloader. This downloader installs the actual CryptoLocker malware.more
Spam E-Mails Continuing to Capitalize on FBI Officials' Names
September 25, 2013: The FBI continues to receive reports of spam e-mails that use FBI officials' names and titles in online fraud schemes. Although there are different variations of these schemes, recipients are typically notified they have received a large sum of money. The latest round of e-mails uses the name of new FBI Director James B. Comey.more
Beta Bot malware blocks users anti-virus programs
September 18, 2013: The FBI is aware of a new type of malware known as Beta Bot. Cyber criminals use Beta Bot to target financial institutions, e-commerce sites, online payment platforms, and social networking sites to steal sensitive data such as log-in credentials and financial information. Beta Bot blocks computer users’ access to security websites and disables anti-virus programs, leaving computers vulnerable to compromise.more
Spam: Delivering Malware and Advertising
Dangerous Counterfeit Goods
August 07, 2013: Cyber criminals have long used spam (unsolicited e-mails, usually containing links to websites selling counterfeit goods) as a method to make money and infect computers with malicious software (malware.) Spammers can send billions of these e-mails daily and some of them contain malware designed to steal usernames and passwords for online banking websites and harvest personal information such as names, addresses, or social security numbers.more
Consumer Alert: Pirated Software May Contain
August 07, 2013: Today, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination (IPR) Center—of which the FBI is a key partner—is warning the American people about the real possibility that illegally copied software, including counterfeit products made to look authentic, could contain malware.more
CITADEL MALWARE CONTINUES TO DELIVER REVETON RANSOMWARE IN ATTEMPTS TO EXTORT
July 29, 2013: The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have recently received complaints regarding a ransomware campaign using the name of the DHS to extort money from unsuspecting victims.more
RANSOMWARE PURPORTING TO BE FROM THE FBI IS TARGETING OS X MAC USERS
July 18, 2013: In May 2012, the Internet Crime Complaint Center posted an alert about the Citadel malware platform used to deliver ransomware known as Reveton. The ransomware directs victims to a drive-by download website, at which time it is installed on their computers. Ransomware is used to intimidate victims into paying a fine to “unlock” their computers. Paying the fine does nothing to solve the problem with the computer; do not follow the ransomware instructions. The ransomware has been called “FBI Ransomware” because it uses the FBI’s name.… ›› more
CYBER CRIMINALS CONTINUE TO USE SPEAR-PHISHING ATTACKS TO COMPROMISE COMPUTER
June 25, 2013: The FBI has seen an increase in criminals who use spear-phishing attacks to target multiple industry sectors. These attacks allow criminals to access private computer networks. They exploit that access to create fake identities, steal intellectual property, and compromise financial credentials to steal money from victims’ accounts.… ›› more
CYBER CRIMINALS USING PHOTO-SHARING PROGRAMS TO COMPROMISE COMPUTERS
May 30, 2013: The FBI has seen an increase in cyber criminals who use online photo-sharing programs to perpetrate scams and harm victims’ computers. These criminals advertise vehicles online but will not provide pictures in the advertisement. They will send photos on request. Sometimes the photo is a single file sent as an e-mail attachment, and sometimes the victim receives a link to an online photo gallery.… ›› more
PHISHING ATTACKS ON TELECOMMUNICATION CUSTOMERS RESULTING IN ACCOUNT TAKEOVERS
May 08, 2013: The Internet Crime Complaint Center has received numerous reports of phishing attacks targeting various telecommunication companies' customers. Individuals receive automated telephone calls that claim to be from the victim's telecommunication carrier. Victims are directed to a phishing site to receive a credit, discount, or prize ranging from $300 to $500.… ›› more
BEWARE OF POSSIBLE FRAUD ASSOCIATED WITH THE BOSTON MARATHON EXPLOSIONS
Apr 25, 2013: The FBI is aware of a spam e-mail with the subject line "Boston Marathon Explosion" and similarly themed messages being circulated to lure potential victims to malicious software and exploits. Spam e-mails and Web sites to which they are linked use a wide variety of deceptions to trick a user into taking actions that put the user’s computer at risk for infection. Common techniques include links to compromised Web sites and pop-up messages prompting users to download software to view pictures, videos or other files.… ›› more
CITADEL MALWARE CONTINUES TO DELIVER REVETON RANSOMWARE IN ATTEMPTS TO EXTORT
November 30, 2012: A new extortion technique is being deployed by cyber-criminals using the Citadel malware platform to deliver Reveton ransomware. The latest version of the ransomware uses the name of the Internet Crime Complaint Center to frighten victims into sending money to the perpetrators… ›› more
CITADEL MALWARE DELIVERS REVETON RANSOMWARE IN ATTEMPTS TO EXTORT MONEY
May 30, 2012: The IC3 has been made aware of a new Citadel malware platform used to deliver ransomware, named Reveton. The ransomware lures the victim to a drive-by download website, at which time the ransomware is installed on the user's computer. Once installed, the computer freezes and a screen is displayed warning the user they have violated United States Federal Law… ›› more
MALWARE INSTALLED ON TRAVELERS' LAPTOPS THROUGH SOFTWARE UPDATES ON HOTEL INTERNET
May 8, 2012: Recent analysis from the FBI and other government agencies demonstrates that malicious actors are targeting travelers abroad through pop-up windows while establishing an Internet connection in their hotel rooms… ›› more
U.S. LAW FIRMS CONTINUE TO BE THE TARGET OF A COUNTERFEIT CHECK SCHEME
March 12, 2012: The IC3 continues to receive reports of counterfeit check schemes targeting U.S. law firms. The scammers contact lawyers via e-mail, claiming to be overseas and requesting legal representation in collecting a debt from third parties located in the U.S. The law firms receive a retainer agreement and a check payable to the law firm… ›› more
NEW VARIATION ON TELEPHONE COLLECTION SCAM RELATED TO DELINQUENT PAYDAY LOANS
February 21, 2012: The IC3 continues to receive complaints from victims of payday loan telephone collection scams. As previously reported in the IC3 Alert posted December 1, 2010, the typical payday loan scam involves a caller who claims the victim is delinquent on a payday loan and must make payment to avoid legal consequences… ›› more
TIMESHARE MARKETING SCAMS
January 25, 2012: Timeshare owners across the country are being scammed out of millions of dollars by unscrupulous companies that promise to sell or rent the unsuspecting victims' timeshares. In the typical scam, timeshare owners receive unexpected or uninvited telephone calls or e-mails from criminals posing as sales representatives for a timeshare resale company. The representative promises a quick sale… ›› more
HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS
November 21, 2011: In advance of the holiday season, the FBI reminds shoppers to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information. Scammers use many techniques to fool potential victims including fraudulent auction sales, reshipping merchandise purchased with a stolen credit card, sale of fraudulent or stolen gift cards through auction sites at discounted prices… ›› more
AUTOMOTIVE BRAND HIJACKERS USE FALSE PROTECTION CLAIMS AND LIVE CHAT TO LURE
ONLINE AUTO SHOPPERS
August 15, 2011: Online vehicle shoppers are being victimized by fraudulent vehicle sales and false claims of vehicle protection (VPP) programs. In fraudulent vehicle sales, criminals attempt to sell vehicles they do not own. Criminals create an attractive deal by advertising vehicles for sale at prices below book value… ›› more
SPAM E-MAILS CONTINUE TO UTILIZE FBI OFFICIALS' NAMES, TITLES, IN ONLINE FRAUD
August 9, 2011: Various government agencies and high ranking government officials have been the target of previous spam attacks. In their attempts to lure victims, criminals continue to explore new avenues to obtain their goal… ›› more
THE DANGEROUS SIDE OF ONLINE ROMANCE SCAMS
April 29, 2011: The IC3 is warning the public to be wary of romance scams in which scammers target individuals who search for companionship or romance online. Someone you know may be "dating" someone online who may appear to be decent and honest… ›› more
TIPS ON AVOIDING FRAUDULENT CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION SCHEMES
March 11, 2011: Recently several natural disasters, including tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes, have devastated lives and property. In the wake of these events that have caused emotional distress and great monetary loss to numerous victims, individuals across the nation often feel a desire to help these victims… ›› more
E-MAILS CONTAINING MALWARE SENT TO BUSINESSES CONCERNING THEIR ONLINE JOB POSTINGS
January 19, 2011: Recent FBI analysis reveals that cyber criminals engaging in ACH/wire transfer fraud have targeted businesses by responding via e-mail to employment opportunities posted online… ›› more
TELEPHONE COLLECTION SCAM RELATED TO DELINQUENT PAYDAY LOANS
December 1, 2010: The IC3 receives a high volume of complaints from victims of payday loan telephone collection scams. In these scams, a caller claims that the victim is delinquent in a payday loan and must repay the loan to avoid legal consequences. The callers purport to be representatives of the FBI… ›› more
FRAUDULENT NOTIFICATION DECEIVES CONSUMERS OUT OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
November 29, 2010: The IC3 continues to receive reports of letters and emails being distributed pursuant to prize sweepstakes or lottery schemes. These schemes use counterfeit checks that bear legitimate-looking logos of various financial institutions to fool victims into sending money to the fraudsters… ›› more
HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS
November 18, 2010: This holiday season the FBI reminds shoppers that cyber criminals aggressively create new ways to steal money and personal information. Scammers use many techniques to fool potential victims, including conducting fraudulent auction sales, reshipping merchandise purchased with stolen credit cards, and selling fraudulent or stolen gift cards through auction sites at discounted prices… ›› more
CLAIMS OF BEING STRANDED SWINDLES CONSUMERS OUT OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
July 2, 2010: The IC3 continues to receive reports of individuals' e-mail or social networking accounts being compromised and used in a social engineering scam to swindle consumers out of thousands of dollars. Portraying to be the victim, the hacker uses the victim's account to send a notice to their contacts… ›› more
FRAUDULENT TELEPHONE CALLS ALLOWING FRAUDSTERS ACCESS TO CONSUMER FINANCIAL
AND BROKERAGE ACCOUNTS
June 21, 2010: The FBI Newark Division released a warning to consumers concerning a new scheme using telecommunications denial-of-service (TDoS) attacks. The FBI determined fraudsters compromised victim accounts and contacted financial institutions to change the victim profile information (i.e. email addresses, telephone numbers and bank account numbers)… ›› more
INTERNATIONAL MASS MARKETING FRAUD BROCHURE
June 1, 2010: As the name implies, International Mass Marketing Fraud is a crime that uses distance and location as its primary means of success, making it more difficult for law enforcement to track and prosecute the perpetrators… ›› more
April 12, 2010: The 2010 Census is underway and you may be wondering about whom you can trust. The Census is easy, important, and safe — just fill out your form and mail it back… ›› more
NATIONAL CENTER FOR DISASTER FRAUD TO COORDINATE HAITIAN AND CHILEAN FRAUD COMPLAINTS
March 11, 2010: Shortly after the earthquake in Haiti last January, the FBI and the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) established a telephone hotline to report suspected fraud associated with relief efforts… ›› more
RENTAL AND REAL ESTATE SCAMS
March 10, 2010: Individuals need to be cautious when posting rental properties and real estate on-line. The IC3 continues to receive numerous complaints from individuals who have fallen victim to scams involving rentals of apartments and houses, as well as postings of real estate on-line… ›› more
NEW TWIST ON COUNTERFEIT CHECK SCHEME TARGETING U.S. LAW FIRMS
January 21, 2010: The FBI continues to receive reports of counterfeit check scheme targeting U.S. law firms. As previously reported, scammers send e-mails to lawyers, claiming to be overseas and seeking legal representation to collect delinquent payments from third parties in the U.S.… ›› more
MYSTERY/SECRET SHOPPER SCHEMES
January 20, 2010: The IC3 has been alerted to an increase in employment schemes pertaining to mystery/secret shopper positions. Many retail and service corporations hire evaluators to perform secret or random checks on themselves or their competitors, and fraudsters are capitalizing on this employment opportunity… ›› more
NATIONAL CENTER FOR DISASTER FRAUD TO COORDINATE HAITIAN FRAUD COMPLAINTS
January 18, 2010: The FBI and the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) have established a telephone hotline to report suspected Haitian earthquake relief fraud… ›› more
HAITIAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FRAUD ALERT
January 13, 2010: The FBI today reminds Internet users who receive appeals to donate money in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti to apply a critical eye and do their due diligence before responding… ›› more
POP-UP ADVERTISEMENTS OFFERING ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE POSE THREAT TO INTERNET USERS
December 11, 2009: An ongoing threat exists for computer users who, while browsing the Internet, began receiving pop-up security warnings that state their computers are infected with numerous viruses… ›› more
HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS
November 30, 2009: This holiday season the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reminding people that cyber criminals continue to aggressively create new ways to steal money and personal information… ›› more
FRAUDULENT AUTOMATED CLEARING HOUSE (ACH) TRANSFERS CONNECTED TO MALWARE AND
November 3, 2009: Within the last several months, the FBI has seen a significant increase in fraud involving the exploitation of valid online banking credentials belonging to small and medium businesses, municipal governments, and school districts… ›› more
SPAMMERS CONTINUE TO ABUSE THE NAMES OF TOP GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVES BY MISUSING
THE NAME OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY GENERAL.
October 27, 2009: As with previous spam attacks, which have included the names of high-ranking FBI executives and names of various government agencies, a new version misuses the name of the United States Attorney General, Eric Holder… ›› more
FRAUDULENT E-MAIL CLAIMING TO BE FROM DHS AND THE FBI COUNTERTERRORISM DIVISION.
October 5, 2009: Fraudulent e-mails containing the subject line "New DHS Report" have been circulating since August 15, 2009. The e-mails claim to be from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI Counterterrorism Division… ›› more
FRAUDULENT E-MAIL CLAIMING TO CONTAIN FBI "INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN NO. 267".
October 5, 2009: A fraudulent e-mail message claiming to contain a confidential FBI report titled "New Patterns in Al-Qaeda Financing" has been circulating since August 15, 2009. The e-mail has the subject line "Intelligence Bulletin No. 267," and contains an attachment… ›› more
FRAUDULENT E-MAIL CLAIMING TO CONTAIN AN FBI INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN FROM THE
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION DIRECTORATE.
October 5, 2009: A fraudulent e-mail, initially appearing around June 16, 2009, claims to contain a confidential FBI report from the FBI "Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate."… ›› more
TECHNIQUES USED BY FRAUDSTERS ON SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES.
October 1, 2009: Fraudsters continue to hijack accounts on social networking sites and spread malicious software by using various techniques. One technique involves the use of spam to promote phishing sites, claiming there has been a violation of the terms of agreement or some other type of issue which needs to be resolved… ›› more
FRAUDSTERS CONTINUE TO EXPLOIT TELECOMMUNICATION RELAY SERVICES.
July 7, 2009: The IC3 continues to receive complaints pertaining to scam artists abusing Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) to defraud U.S. businesses and consumers. Under Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act… ›› more
ASIAN EXTORTION SCHEME.
June 10, 2009: The FBI is currently aware of a nationwide attempt to extort ethnic business owners, mostly of Asian descent, through telephonic threats of violence. The telephone calls appear to be originating from foreign countries… ›› more
CIRCULATION OF FRAUDULENT E-MAIL CLAIMING TO BE FROM U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER
April 27, 2009: A spam e-mail claiming to be from former CBP Assistant Commissioner, Thomas S. Winkowski, is currently being circulated. This attempt to defraud is the typical e-mail scam using the name and reputation of a federal government official to create an air of authenticity… ›› more
SCHEME PURPORTEDLY ANNOUNCING A MILLIONAIRE CONTEST.
March 30, 2009: The IC3 has been alerted to the circulation of a fraudulent e-mail, purportedly from the "The Oprah Winfrey Show", notifying recipients of their nomination for the "Oprah Millionaire Contest Show."… ›› more
FAKE MILITARY TWIST ON VEHICLE SALE SCAMS.
March 5, 2009: The FBI continues to receive reports of individuals victimized while attempting to purchase vehicles via the Internet. Victims find attractively priced vehicles advertised at different Internet classified ad sites… ›› more
February 3, 2009: Consumers need to be vigilant when seeking employment on-line. The IC3 continues to receive numerous complaints from individuals who have fallen victim to work-at-home scams. Victims are often hired to "process payments", "transfer funds" or "reship products"… ›› more
FLURRY OF SPAM TARGETING THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.
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… ›› more
NEW TECHNIQUE UTILIZING PRIVATE BRANCH EXCHANGE (PBX) SYSTEMS TO CONDUCT VISHING
December 5, 2008: The FBI has received information concerning a new technique used to conduct vishing attacks. The recent attacks were conducted by hackers exploiting a security vulnerability in Asterisk software… ›› more
CIRCULATION OF FRAUDULENT E-MAIL CLAIMING TO BE FROM FBI ASSISTANT DIRECTOR,
December 5, 2008: Spam, purportedly from the FBI, continues to be an epidemic. As with past spam attacks, the latest version uses an FBI official's name… ›› more
HOLIDAY SEASON CYBER SCAMMERS TARGET VICTIMS.
December 1, 2008: The FBI is reminding people this holiday season that cyber criminals continue to aggressively seek ways to steal money and personal information. Scammers are using several techniques to fool potential victims including… ›› more
FRAUDULENT SPAM E-MAIL PURPORTED FROM FBI DEPUTY DIRECTOR JOHN S. PISTOLE.
October 16, 2008: A spam e-mail claiming to be from FBI Deputy Director John S. Pistole is currently being circulated. This attempt to defraud is the typical e-mail scam using the name and reputation of an FBI official to create an air of authenticity… ›› more
HIT MAN E-MAIL RETURNS.
August 28, 2008: The IC3 continues to receive thousands of reports concerning the hit man e-mail scheme. E-mail content has evolved since late 2006; however, the messages remain similar in nature, claiming the sender has been hired to kill the recipient… ›› more
STORM WORM VIRUS.
July 30, 2008: Be on the lookout for spam e-mails spreading the Storm Worm malicious software (malware) which mention "F.B.I. vs. facebook". The e-mail directs the recipient to click on a link to view an article about the FBI and Facebook. Once the user clicks on the link, malware is downloaded to the Internet connected device and causes it to become infected and become part of the Storm Worm botnet… ›› more
TIPS ON AVOIDING FRAUDULENT CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION SCHEMES.
July 8, 2008: Since late May and early June 2008, there have been several natural disasters throughout the country – including tornadoes, wildfires, and floods – which have devastated lives and property. In the wake of these events which have caused emotional distress and great monetary loss to numerous victims, individuals across the nation often feel a desire to help these victims, frequently through monetary donations… ›› more
PHISHING AND VISHING ATTACKS TARGETING USERS OF EPPICARDS.
June 13, 2008: The IC3 has received reports of phishing attacks targeting users of EPPICards. The EPPICard is similar to a debit card. EPPICards are issued by a state agency for the purpose of receiving child-support payments. The cards are currently used in 15 states… ›› more
FRAUDULENT REFUND NOTIFICATION PURPORTEDLY FROM THE IC3.
June 6, 2008: Consumers need to be aware of e-mail schemes containing various versions of fraudulent refund notifications purportedly from the IC3 and the government of the United Kingdom… ›› more
SCAM EMAILS SEEK DONATIONS TO HELP CHINESE EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS.
May 20, 2008: The FBI is asking people to beware of emails claiming to be raising money to help the victims of the recent earthquake in China… ›› more
PHISHING RELATED TO ISSUANCE OF ECONOMIC STIMULUS CHECKS.
May 8, 2008: The FBI warns consumers of recently reported spam email purportedly from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) which is actually an attempt to steal consumer information… ›› more
FRAUDULENT GRAND JURY SUMMONS CONTAINING MALWARE.
April 17, 2008: The IC3 warns consumers of recently reported spam email containing a fraudulent subpoena notifying recipients they are commanded to appear and testify before a Grand Jury… ›› more
STORM WORM VIRUS.
February 11, 2008: With the Valentine's Day holiday approaching, be on the lookout for spam e-mails spreading the Storm Worm malicious software (malware). The e-mail directs the recipient to click on a link to retrieve the electronic greeting card… ›› more
VISHING ATTACKS INCREASE.
January 17, 2008: Are you one of many who have received an e-mail, text message, or telephone call, purportedly from your credit card/debit card company directing you to contact a telephone number to re-activate your card due to a security issue? The IC3 has received multiple reports on different variations of this scheme known as "vishing"… ›› more
FRAUDULENT INHERITANCE SCHEME EMAIL CLAIMS TO BE FROM UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT
December 11, 2007: Criminals have added posing as the United States Department of State to their array of frauds. Fraudulent emails are being distributed claiming to have verified an inheritance from another country belonging to the victim. To make these emails appear legitimate, they contain information taken from the Department of State's website… ›› more
EMAIL PURPORTED TO BE FROM THE GOVERNOR OF THE SENTRAL NG PILIPINAS.
December 11, 2007: The FBI has become aware of a spam email purporting to be from Amando M. Tetangco, the Governot of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, (Central Bank of the Philippines). The sender claims the recipient is the beneficiary of a large sum of money, free of any liens or encumbrances… ›› more
TIPS ON AVOIDING FRAUDULENT CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION SCHEMES.
July 17, 2007: Throughout the year events will occur which may prompt individuals with criminal intent to solicit for contributions for a charitable organization and/or a good cause. When donating, consumers should consider the following… ›› more
SPAM INVOLVING THE U.S. MILITARY.
July 17, 2007: The FBI continues to receive reports of spam e-mail which claim to be from an official of the U.S. military sent on behalf of American soldiers stationed overseas. The scam e-mails vary in content… ›› more
AN INCREASE IN INTERNET SCHEMES PURPORTEDLY FROM THE FBI.
July 17, 2007: The IC3 has increasingly received intelligence of fraudulent schemes misrepresenting the FBI and/or Director Robert S. Mueller III. The fraudulent e-mails give the appearance of legitimacy due to the usage of pictures of the FBI Director… ›› more
GREETING CARD SCAM.
July 17, 2007: The FBI continues to receive reports of Internet fraud related to electronic greeting cards… ›› more
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ALERTS PUBLIC ABOUT FRAUDULENT SPAM EMAIL.
June 27, 2007: The Department of Justice has recently become aware of fraudulent spam e-mail messages claiming to be from DOJ… ›› more
NEW TWIST CONCERNING THREAT AND EXTORTION EMAILS.
January 9, 2007: There is a new twist to the IC3 Alert posted on December 7, 2006 regarding emails claiming that the sender has been paid to kill the recipient… ›› more
NEW VIRUS IDENTIFIED: WAREZOV/STRATION WORM.
December 15, 2006: The FBI has become aware of a worm identified as Warezov/Stration Worm circulating as a spam email quickly and effectively across the Internet… ›› more
EMAILS CONTAINING THREATS AND EXTORTION.
December 7, 2006: The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has recently received information concerning spam emails threatening to assassinate the recipient… ›› more
SPAM EMAIL CONFIRMING THE PURCHASE OF A COMPUTER.
November 8, 2006: The IC3 has received information concerning multiple email hoaxes confirming the recipient's purchase of a computer. ›› more
JOB SEEKERS BEWARE: COUNTERFEIT CHECK SCAM SEEKS 'DONATIONS COLLECTORS'
November 1, 2006: State Charities Bureau Urges Consumers to Beware of Job Offers HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ — Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortes today warned consumers of scammers who are targeting job seekers in an elaborate, widespread operation spanning the country… ›› more
ATTENTION — FRAUDULENT SPAM EMAIL PURPORTED TO BE FROM FBI DIRECTOR MUELLER
October 18, 2006: The FBI has become aware of a spam email claiming to be from FBI Director Robert Mueller III. This scam appears to be a typical Nigerian scam; however, the attempt to defraud victims comes in two separate emails. The same email address is used to deliver both phases of the spam… ›› more
ATTENTION — FRAUDULENT EMAIL PURPORTED TO BE REPRESENTING CONGRESSIONAL
October 13, 2006: The fraudulent email is sent from "firstname.lastname@example.org." The author of the email claims to be representing several U.S. Legislative committees… ›› more
AUTO AUCTION FRAUD
October 12, 2006: The IC3 has received a significant number of recent complaints regarding Internet auction fraud involving the sale of automobiles purported to be located outside of the United States. The typical fraud involves an auction for a vehicle said to be in Europe… ›› more
40% OF FRAUD ALERTS ARE NOT SET PROPERLY, LEAVING MILLIONS UNPROTECTED!
August 30, 2006: Identity theft has become a real national emergency, affecting over 9.9 million consumers last year. And if that figure is not frightening enough, another alarming statistic emerges — 40% of fraud alerts are not set properly. (source Debix Fraud Alert Study August 2006) ›› more
SCAM PREYING ON AMERICANS' EMOTIONS FOR US DEPLOYED SOLDIERS
August 10, 2006: The IC3 has received reports concerning multiple email hoaxes claiming to be from a soldier deployed to Iraq. The individual claims to be in possession of millions of dollars and requests assistance in moving the funds… ›› more
ANOTHER FRAUDULENT FBI EMAIL ALERT
July 24, 2006: The IC3 has received reports concerning another email hoax claiming to be from the FBI. The new email hoax is similar to the warning posted on the IC3 website on November 22, 2005. The attachment to the email message contains a virus.… ›› more
CELLULAR PHONE DATING SERVICE SCHEME
June 28, 2006: The FBI has been alerted to a newly discovered malware located at http://www.irrealhost.com. Malware is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner's consent.… ›› more
PHISHING ATTACKS TARGET MYSPACE.COM USERS
June 15, 2006: The FBI was recently made aware of phishing attacks targeting users of the popular social networking web site, www.myspace.com (MySpace)… ›› more
FRAUDULENT EMAIL PURPORTEDLY FROM THE FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION
June 14, 2006: The IC3 has received complaints concerning a spam email purportedly from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). This scheme was originally unleashed in 2004, but is currently resurfacing… ›› more
ANOTHER EXTORTION SCAM THIS WEEK!
March 15, 2006: March is turning out to be "Extortion Month". Our friends at LURHQ Corporation have alerted us to a new malicious software program (malware for short) called "Cryzip". This malware encrypts a user's files and then demands a ransom to unlock them. A full description of this malware can be found at http://www.lurhq.com/cryzip.html. If you believe your computer is infected with this malware please report it at our File A Complaint page.
EXTORTION EMAIL ALERT!
March 13, 2006: The FBI has been made aware of a spam email attempting to extort money from the recipient. The email purports to be from Shawn Dudziak, using the email address of email@example.com. The email provides accurate information about the victim including complete name, address, telephone number, social security number, and date of birth; all the information a credit report/credit application would include. The email threatens to destroy the victim's credit unless the victim sends $500.00 through e-gold or Western Union… ›› more
BLACKWORM INTERNET WORM ALERT!
February 2, 2006: Blackworm is a mass-mailing worm which degrades security software and destroys certain types of files. The worm is also known as: CME-24, Kapser.A, KillAV.GR, Grew.A, Nyxem.E, MyWife.d, Small.KI, Tearec.A, and Blackmal.E. Blackworm will destroy files on infected systems on the 3rd of every month beginning February 3, 2006. Blackworm is detected and removed by up-to-date anti-virus software.
An overview of this worm can be found at http://www.lurhq.com/blackworm.html.
If you do not have up-to-date anti-virus software installed on your system then you can use one of the following removal tools:
Link to Symantec w32.blackmal@mm Removal Tool
FRAUDULENT IRS EMAIL ALERT!
November 30, 2005: ATTENTION – EMAIL DISGUISED AS THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS) PHISHING FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION
The FBI has become aware of a spam email claiming the recipient is eligible to receive a tax refund for $571.94. The email purports to be from firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of "IRS Tax Refund." ›› more
FRAUDULENT PAYPAL EMAIL ALERT!
November 28, 2005: An email requesting recipients to update their PayPal credit card information in order to receive funds from a PayPal class action settlement suit is in circulation… ›› more
FRAUDULENT FBI EMAIL ALERT!
November 22, 2005: The FBI continues to see reports of email hoaxes claiming to be from the FBI. The new email hoax is similar to the warning posted on the IC3 website on 2/23/05. The current email appears to be sent from the email addresses email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. The email message contains a malicious computer form of a file attachment… ›› more
FRAUDULENT SITES CAPITALIZING ON RELIEF EFFORTS OF HURRICANE KATRINA!
September 01, 2005: The FBI is seeing an influx of websites soliciting for charitable donations to aid the victims of the latest natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina… ›› more