Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Scam Alert: Bogus FBI Emails

The Oregon Department of Justice has received several complaints concerning an email solicitation scam. The fake email claims to be commencing the FBI and needs $350 from the receiver to get hold of a “Clearance Certificate.” The email threatens to drive an agent to the recipient’s house for puzzled, and other lawful sanctions if they fail to contact the Department of Homeland Security on or before 24 hours in order to get hold of their “Clearance Certificate.” The email moreover lists contact information for the FBI in Washington D.C. and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at Lagos. Do not take action to these emails. They are being sent by scam artists to a great number of people with the intention of obtaining personal or economical information.

Fake email solicitations – also frequently known as Nigerian email scams – are along with the most common scams reported in Oregon. In 2010, international money transfer schemes are reported by more than 1,000 Oregon customers. Last year, Oregonians misplaced almost $2 million to email solicitation and further scams.

To stay away from the FBI email scam Attorney General John Kroger offers the subsequent suggestions. They are as follows,

  • Be suspicious of unwanted emails.

  • A government agency will not at all request your contact information, Social Security Number, banking information, or credit card number in an email.

  • A government agency will not intimidate people with legal action, such as an investigation, prosecution or jail for failure to take action to an email solicitation.

  • Believe any email solicitation that lists various offices to be a red flag.

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