Warnings issued about 'FBI' computer virus
The FBI is warning computer users about the latest e-mail scam, one which involves warnings purportedly sent by the bureau itself.
Confused? Unless you’re in regular communication with the FBI, you shouldn’t be.
According to a warning issued by an FBI task force on computer fraud, the fake E-mails are sent from the addresses “mail@FBI.gov” and “admin@FBI.gov.”
The text of the e-mail reads: “Dear Sir/Madam, We have logged your IP-address on more than 30 illegal Websites. Important: Please answer our questions! The list of questions are [sic] attached.”
The note is singed by “Steve Allison,” purportedly an FBI agent and contains the correct address and phone number for the FBI in Washington. It also contains an attachment infected with a computer virus. If a user clicks on the attachment, nothing will open, but a worm will be work its way into the user’s system.
“The attachment does not open and its goal is to utilize the recipient’s computer to garner information,” the FBI warned. “Secondly, the virus allows the e-mail to be forwarded to all those listed in the recipient’s address book.”
“Recipients of this or similar solicitations should know that the FBI does not engage in the practice of sending unsolicited e-mails to the public in this manner,” the warning reads.
The FBI is investigating the scam and asks anyone who receives the e-mail to contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov.