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WFO Warns of E-Mail Scam

WFO Warns of E-Mail Scam

2/15/2013

 Words “Cyber Crime” on a keyboard (stock image)Have you received a suspicious e-mail from Special Agents in Charge Colleen Conyngham or Philip Selton? If so, it is a fake.

The FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) have increasingly received reports of fraudulent schemes misrepresenting FBI agents, officials, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, SAC Colleen Conyngham, and/or SAC Philip Selton. The fraudulent e-mails give the appearance of legitimacy due to the usage of pictures of the FBI Director, seal, letterhead, and/or banners. The types of schemes that use the names of FBI agents, officials, or the Director are typically lottery endorsements and inheritance notifications.

The social engineering technique of using the FBI’s name is to intimidate and convince the recipient the e-mail is legitimate.

The FBI does not send out e-mails soliciting personal information from citizens.

Please be cautious of any unsolicited e-mail referencing the FBI, FBI Director Mueller, SAC Conyngham, SAC Selton, or any other FBI official endorsing any type of Internet activity.

If you have received a scam e-mail, please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at www.ic3.gov. For more information on e-scams, please visit the FBI’s E-Scams and Warnings webpage.