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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Fake FBI Emails Contain Virus

A fake e-mail claiming it’s from the FBI is going around online. And it’s infected with what’s probably the Sober.K worm.

In an announcement, “The FBI today warned the public to avoid falling victim to an on-going mass e-mail scheme wherein computer users receive unsolicited e-mails purportedly sent by the FBI,” says a statement.

“These scam e-mails tell the recipients that their Internet use has been monitored by the FBI’s Internet Fraud Complaint Center and that they have accessed illegal web sites. The e-mails then direct recipients to open an attachment and answer questions. The attachments contain a computer virus.

“These e-mails did not come from the FBI. 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.”

If you’ve had one of these emails, the FBI wants you to send it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, says the FBI, which “takes this matter seriously and is investigating”.

Here's an example of a fake Sober.K e-mail posted on the F-Secure blog.

Dear Sir/Madam,

we have logged your IP-address on more than 40 illegal Websites.

Important: Please answer our questions!

The list of questions are attached.

Yours faithfully,
M. John Stellford

++-++ Federal Bureau of Investigation -FBI-
++-++ 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 2130
++-++ Washington, DC 20535
++-++ (202) 324-3000

Source: P2PNet


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