Fraudulent emails – FBI

There have been several press releases about fraudlent emails that appear to be coming from the FBI. I will just post all of them here, with the links to the press releases.

http://www.ic3.gov/media/2009/091005-3.aspx

Fraudulent e-mail claiming to contain an FBI Intelligence Bulletin from the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate
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.” The subject line of the email is “RE: Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate,” and contains an attachment “reports.exe”. This message and similar messages may contain a file related to the “W32.Waledac” trojan software, which is designed to steal user authentication credentials or send spam messages.

Do not click on any links associated with this e-mail or similar e-mails, it is a hoax.

The FBI does not send unsolicited e-mails or e-mail official reports. Consumers should not respond to any unsolicited e-mails or click on any embedded links, as they may contain viruses or malicious software.

Below is an example of the fraudulent e-mail message:
CLASSIFIED
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN
Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate
HANDLING NOTICE: Recipients are reminded that FBI Intelligence Bulletins contain sensitive terrorism and counterterrorism information meant for use primarily within the law enforcement and homeland security communities. Such bulletins shall not be released, either in written or oral form, to the media, the general public, or other personnel who do not have a valid need-to-know without prior approval from an authorized FBI official, as such release could jeopardize national security.

http://www.ic3.gov/media/2009/091005-2.aspx

Fraudulent E-mail Claiming To Contain FBI “Intelligence Bulletin No. 267”
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 titled “bulletin.exe.” This message, or similar messages, may contain files that are harmful to the recipient’s system and may try to steal user credentials.

Do not click on any links associated with this e-mail or similar e-mails, it is a hoax.

The FBI does not send unsolicited e-mails or email official reports. Consumers should not respond to any unsolicited e-mails or click on any embedded links, as they may contain viruses or other malicious software.

Below is an example of the fraudulent e-mail message:
INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN No. 267
Title: New Patterns in Al-Qaeda Financing
Date: August 15, 2009
THREAT LEVEL: YELLOW (ELEVATED)
THE INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN PROVIDES LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER PUBLIC SAFET= OFFICIALS WITH SITUATIONAL AWARENESS CONCERNING INTERNATIONAL AND DOMES=IC TERRORIST GROUPS AND TACTICS.

HANDLING NOTICE: Recipients are reminded that FBI Intelligence Bulletins =ontain sensitive terrorism and counterterrorism information meant for us= primarily within the law enforcement community. Such bulletins are not =o be released either in written or oral form to the media, the general p=blic, or other personnel who do not have a valid ?eed-to-know?with=ut prior approval from an authorized FBI official, as such release could jeopardize national security.

http://www.ic3.gov/media/2009/091005-1.aspx

Fraudulent E-mail Claiming To Be From DHS And The FBI Counterterrorism Division
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. The e-mail text contains information about “New Usama Bin Ladin Speech Directed to the People of Europe,” and has an attachment titled “audio.exe.” The attachment is purportedly an audio speech from Bin Ladin; however, it actually contains malicious software intended to steal information from the recipient’s system.

Do not click on any links associated with this e-mail or similar e-mails, it is a hoax.

The FBI does not send unsolicited e-mails or e-mail official reports. Consumers should not respond to any unsolicited e-mails or click on any embedded links, as they may contain viruses or malware.

One example of this fraudulent e-mail message is as follows:

Subject: New DHS Report
New Usama Bin Ladin Speech Directed to the People of Europe Prepared by DHS/I&A Intelligence Watch and Warning Division and the FBI Counter Terrorism Division

(U//FOUO) Media outlets are reporting the release of a new audio tape on Al Jazeera today from Usama Bin Ladin, in which he states that all European countries involved in the Afghanistan war should end their support of American oppression in Afghanistan. In the audio message, Bin Ladin claims direct responsibility for the 11 September 2001 attacks and emphasizes that neither the Afghan people nor the Afghan government had foreknowledge of the attacks.

////Signed////
Charlie Allen
Chief Intelligence Officer
Department of Homeland Security

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One Response to “Fraudulent emails – FBI”

  1. Krissttina Isobe Says:

    My spoof emails say they are from the FBI, but you haven’t listed what my emails say. They all speak about money in the millions at atm ready for pick-up: scam victims relief fund from Africa: you’re under arrest-this one I took to the Honolulu Police Department and my attorneys! I’ve joined up for email subscription from Scam Victims United.org. Keep alert, keep ahead and stay calm and connected. I’m so glad you have this site. I speak to my Mom about my own situation, being victimized of credit card theft and who knows what they do and say in my name too, isn’t easy to survive, but survive I intend to do. I notice that the more I write about it and speak to people about it makes me feel safer. Luckily I’ve a very kind Mom and she’s joined AARP where they send a magazine to members and they too are being alerted. United We Stand against scams!


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