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E-mail fraud: Florida Law Enforcement warning

Date: November 28, 2005

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is warning citizens to beware of an ongoing mass e-mail phishing scam where computer users receive unsolicited e-mails purportedly from the FBI.

The e-mails tell the computer user that their Internet use is being monitored by the FBI and that they have accessed illegal Web sites. The e-mail then directs the user to open an attachment and answer questions.

The FBI is urging computer users not to open any unsolicited attachments or any attachment sent from a stranger in which harmful viruses are often located. While the e-mails may appear to have come from the agency, it does not engage in the practice of sending unsolicited e-mails to the public in this manner.

Similar e-mails purporting to be from the Central Intelligence Agency, or CIA, are also occurring.

Phishing scam e-mails are designed to trick the recipients into disclosing personal information authentication data such as account usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and home addresses.
The FDLE Computer Crime Center encourages recipients to report such e-mails to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at

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