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Sep 02, 2011 04:00 PM

Be Aware of Recent Cyber Crime Scams

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reports recent cyber crime trends and new twists to previously-existing cyber scams.

Be Aware of Recent Cyber Crime Scams

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reports recent cyber crime trends and new twists to previously-existing cyber scams. They include:

  • Individuals reported receiving a letter stating they were potential plaintiffs in a "Mass Joinder" lawsuit against their mortgage companies by a law firm in California. Consumers stated they were requested to pay non-refundable, upfront fees of $2,000 to $5,000.
  • Individuals reported receiving unsolicited e-mails stating their ads for a Sony Playstation 3 Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 80 GB Bundle had been posted and a confirmation number was enclosed for the posting. In each instance the victim claimed they did not place an ad on an online auction site, and some stated they didn't even have an online auction account.

More scams and updates on pre-existing scams can be found on the IC3 website at www.ic3.gov.

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Sep 01, 2011 07:00 PM

FBI Seeks Public Assistance in Solving a 1981 Domestic Terrorism Case

The FBI is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Donna Joan Borup. Borup is wanted for her alleged participation in the violent disruption of an anti-apartheid demonstration at JFK ...

FBI Seeks Assistance in Solving '81 Domestic Terrorism Case

Donna Joan Borup

The FBI is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Donna Joan Borup. Borup is wanted for her alleged participation in the violent disruption of an anti-apartheid demonstration at JFK International Airport in Queens, New York, on September 26, 1981.

Borup allegedly tossed an acidic substance into the eyes of Port Authority Police Officer Evan Goodstein. As a result, Goodstein was partially blinded. At the time, Borup was a member of the 19th Communist Organization, a Marxist-Leninist Organization that advocated the armed revolution and violent overthrow of the United States government. Borup was arrested and released on bail pending a trail in May 1982.

“Borup has been on the run for too long and deserves to be brought to justice for her alleged attack against a law enforcement officer. We’re asking the public to look at these photos and to contact the FBI if they recognize Borup," said Supervisory Special Agent Tim Flannelly.

Read more | Wanted poster | 'Wanted by the FBI' podcast

Aug 30, 2011 05:00 PM

How to Report Fraud or Theft of Disaster Aid Funds

After Hurricane Irene and the earthquake on the East Coast of the United States, members of the public are reminded to contact the FBI at the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) if they have ...

How to Report Fraud or Theft of Government Disaster Aid Funds

Disaster Fraud Hotline

After Hurricane Irene and the earthquake on the East Coast of the United States, members of the public are reminded to contact the FBI at the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) if they have any information regarding theft of or fraud relating to U.S. government disaster aid funds. The NCDF can be reached by calling (866) 720-5721 or e-mailing disaster@leo.gov.

- About NCDF
- Press release addressing Hurricane Irene relief fraud 

- More common fraud schemes

Aug 26, 2011 07:00 PM

Situational Alert Regarding Charitable Contribution Schemes

In light of Hurricane Irene, the public is reminded to beware of fraudulent emails and websites purporting to conduct charitable relief efforts.

Situational Alert Regarding Charitable Contribution Schemes

FEMA official
A FEMA official inspects damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

In light of Hurricane Irene, the public is reminded to beware of fraudulent e-mails and websites claiming to conduct charitable relief efforts. Disasters prompt individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization or a good cause.

To learn more about avoiding online fraud, please see “Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes” at: http://www.ic3.gov/media/2011/110311.aspx.

For updates and tIps on preparing for hurricanes and other emergencies, go to Ready America at ready.gov.

More E-Scams

Aug 25, 2011 11:00 AM

Expedited Background Checks

The FBI has updated its process for handling Identification Record Requests, commonly known as criminal background checks. To help expedite these requests, the public now has the option of using ...

Expedited Background Checks

CJIS facilityThe FBI has updated its process for handling Identification Record Requests, commonly known as criminal background checks. To help expedite these requests, the public now has the option of using FBI-approved “Channelers,” private companies that have contracted with the Bureau to receive and submit criminal history record information electronically on our behalf. These companies may charge additional fees for their services. So far, four companies are accepting requests; more are expected in the future. See the FBI-Approved Channelers webpage for more information.

The Identification Record Request/Criminal Background Check website also contains new details on how to challenge a criminal history record, including a listing of state identification bureaus that can assist in cases of missing or incorrect non-federal information. 

FBI-Approved Channelers | Identification Record Request/Criminal Background Check website

Aug 18, 2011 11:00 AM

FBI Assisting in Search for Robyn Lynn Gardner

The FBI is assisting Aruban authorities in the search for Robyn Gardner, who is from Maryland and was last seen in Aruba on August 2, 2011.

FBI Assisting in Search for Robyn Lynn Gardner

Robyn Lynn Gardner


The FBI is assisting Aruban authorities in the search for Robyn Lynn Gardner, who is from Maryland and was last seen in Aruba on August 2, 2011.

Gardner was last seen in the Baby Beach, Sint Nicolaas area of Aruba, which is on the southeastern tip of the Caribbean Island. She and a travel companion had arrived in Aruba on July 31 from Maryland. Gardner may have gone snorkeling on August 2, but has not been seen since that date.

Aug 15, 2011 05:00 PM

New Website Looks at the FBI Since 9/11

In response to public and media interest in how the Bureau has changed since 9/11, and as we approach the 10-year mark of the attacks, the FBI has created a new website—Ten Years After: The FBI Since ...

New Website Looks at the FBI Since 9/11

Ten Years After webpageIn response to public and media interest in how the Bureau has changed since 9/11, and as we approach the 10-year mark of the attacks, the FBI has created a new website—Ten Years After: The FBI Since 9/11—that we are unveiling today.

The site contains fact sheets, timelines, stories, reference materials, and case highlights that help illustrate the FBI’s evolution into a more threat-based, intelligence-driven organization.

The site also contains an overview of the Bureau’s role in the large-scale, multi-agency 9/11 investigation. For example, one section features video accounts of more than 20 agents talking about their work in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. in the moments, days, and weeks following the terror attacks.

In the days ahead, we will be adding more materials to the site.

Visit the website—Ten Years After: The FBI Since 9/11

Aug 12, 2011 03:00 PM

FBI Releases 2010 Mortgage Fraud Report

According to this latest report—which highlights current mortgage fraud schemes, perpetrators, and mortgage fraud “hot spots”—mortgage fraud continued at elevated levels during 2010. The FBI, with ...

FBI Releases 2010 Mortgage Fraud Report

Mortgage Fraud Report 2010According to this latest report—which highlights current mortgage fraud schemes, perpetrators, and mortgage fraud “hot spots”—mortgage fraud continued at elevated levels during 2010. The FBI, with its partners, dedicated significant resources to the problem and saw investigative successes during the year. And the current housing market will likely remain an attractive environment for mortgage fraud criminals in the near future who will seek new methods to circumvent loopholes and gaps in the mortgage lending market.

View the 2010 Mortgage Fraud Report

Aug 10, 2011 11:00 AM

New Features on Highlights of History

Our Highlights of History webpage spotlights unique aspects of FBI history and colorful stories from our past. We recently added some new features to the page, including a look at the FBI’s ...

New Features on Highlights of History

Highlights of History graphic

Our Highlights of History webpage spotlights unique aspects of FBI history and colorful stories from our past. We recently added some new features to the page, including a look at the FBI’s intelligence work over the past century. 

Visit the Highlights of History webpage

Aug 05, 2011 12:00 PM

New Website for the National IPR Center

The theft of so-called intellectual property—creative expressions like trade secrets, proprietary products and parts, literature, music, and films—comes at a high price. One of the key weapons in ...

New Website for the National IPR Center

IPR Website How would you feel if you poured your life into creating a new product, making a movie, or designing a software program only to learn that someone else was pocketing the profits by selling an illegal knockoff? And what if you discovered your stolen invention was poorly built, putting people’s health and safety in danger?

It happens…all too often. The theft of so-called intellectual property—creative expressions like trade secrets, proprietary products and parts, literature, music, and films—comes at a high price. In addition to the very real impact on the rightful owners, it costs legitimate businesses billions of dollars in lost revenue, drives up consumer prices, robs the U.S. and global economies of vital jobs and tax revenues, reduces product safety, and sometimes even puts lives at risk.

One of the key weapons in combating this international crime problem is the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, or IPR Center. The center, which is hosted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), brings together 17 different U.S. federal law enforcement agencies (including the FBI, ICE, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection) charged with investigating these violations, along with global partners from Canada and Mexico. It operates as a true task force—taking advantage of the expertise of its member agencies to conduct investigations, coordinate enforcement actions, share information, provide training and outreach, and build government/industry partnerships.

To help spread the word about its work and gather tips and information, the IPR Center has just launched a new standalone website at www.iprcenter.gov. The site includes an overview of the center, news releases, a photo/video gallery, published reports in an easy-to-use document viewer, and an electronic form for the general public, industry and trade associations, law enforcement, and government agencies to report intellectual property rights violations.

Related link: FBI’s Intellectual Property Theft website