E-mails Purporting to Come From the FBI Are Phony Washington, D.C. - On November 21, 2005 the FBI warned the public to avoid falling victim to an ongoing mass e-mail scheme wherein computer users received unsolicited e-mails purportedly sent by the FBI. These scam e-mails tell the recipients that their internet use has been monitored by the FBI and that they have accessed illegal websites. The e-mails then direct the recipients to open an attachment and answer questions.
These e-mails did NOT come from the FBI. Recipients of these 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.
Opening an e-mail from an unknown sender is a risky and dangerous endeavor as such attachments frequently contain viruses that can infect the recipient's computer. The FBI strongly encourages computer users not to open such attachments.
The FBI takes this matter seriously and is investigating. Users receiving e-mails of this nature are encouraged to report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center via http://www.ic3.gov .