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Published:August 13th, 2006 09:22 EST
New E-Scams & Warnings

New E-Scams & Warnings

By SOP newswire

SCAM PREYING ON AMERICANS` EMOTIONS FOR U.S. DEPLOYED SOLDIERS

We have received reports concerning multiple e-mail hoaxes claiming to be from a soldier deployed to Iraq. The individual claims to possess millions of dollars and requests assistance in moving the funds. The funds allegedly came from a soldier who was an orphan and recently died while on a mission in Iraq. The individual claims he needs assistance donating the funds to an American orphanage. THIS E-MAIL IS A HOAX. DO NOT RESPOND TO IT. Be cautious when responding to requests delivered through unsolicited e-mail: Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as officials asking for donations through unsolicited e-mails or requesting help delivering funds to a charity or other program. If you donate to a charity, ensure the contributions are received and used for the intended purposes. Contact recognized organizations directly; don`t rely on others to make the donation on your behalf. If you have received this, or a similar hoax, please file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

FRAUDULENT FBI E-MAIL ALERT

We have received reports concerning a fraudulent e-mail claiming to be from the FBI. The new e-mail hoax is similar to one described in a November 22, 2005, posting on the Internet Crime Complaint Center website. The e-mail includes a virus-laden attachment. This hoax e-mail contains the following text: 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 attached. Yours faithfully, Steven Allison Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 3220 Washington, DC 20535 Phone: (202) 283-5817 This e-mail is a hoax. Do not download its attachment. If you receive this e-mail or one similar to it, delete the message and do not open the attachment. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

UPDATE "THEFT OF DATA FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

On June 28, 2006, the FBI recovered the laptop computer and external hard drive taken during the May 3, 2006 burglary of the residence of an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Forensic examinations indicate that the data housed on the laptop and hard drive has not been compromised in any way. On June 2, 2006, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) advised that the VA is NOT initiating telephone calls or sending individual e-mail to potential identity theft victims asking them to verify personal information. If you receive a telephone call or e-mail from a person claiming to represent the VA, do not provide personal information over the telephone and do not respond to the e-mail message. Shortly after the burglary, the IC3 also created a questionnaire for individuals to fill out and submit if they had been contacted via telephone or e-mail regarding their personal information. Due to the recovery of the equipment and the opinion that the data was undisturbed, the questionnaire has been removed from the IC3 website. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CELL PHONE DATING SERVICE SCHEME 

The FBI has been alerted to newly discovered malware located at http://www.irrealhost.com. Malware is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner`s consent. The identified malware lures victims to the website through a bogus text message sent to their cell phones. The message thanks recipients for subscribing to a dating service (which is fictitious) and indicates that a subscription fee of $2 per day will be automatically charged to their cell phone bills until their subscription is canceled at the online site. Recipients visiting the site http://www.irrealhost.com to cancel their subscription are redirected to a screen where they are prompted to enter their mobile phone number and then are given the option to run a program that is supposed to remove their subscription to the dating service. When the run option is selected on the website, the executable adds several files to the host and changes registry settings to open a backdoor port and lower Windows security settings. The host file is modified to prevent the victim from browsing popular anti-virus websites. The executable also turns the infected computer into a zombie " network, which can be remotely controlled by the hackers. If you have received this, or a similar hoax, please file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

PHISHING ATTACKS TARGETING MYSPACE.COM

The FBI has become aware of phishing attacks targeting users of the popular social networking web site, www.myspace.com (MySpace). These attacks have come in the form of a bulletin titled "CHECK OUT these old school pictures...." When a user clicks on the provided link to view the pictures, his or her web browser is directed to a screen that is an exact reproduction of the MySpace login screen. However, this offer and its corresponding web site are not affiliated with MySpace. These attacks may be a vector to introduce Malware "such as a Trojan virus "to steal financial information from recipients. And while MySpace users do not typically store financial information on their personal pages, phishers may be gambling that the login information for users` MySpace accounts is the same for other accounts at financial institutions, online auction web sites, or online payment systems. Consumers should be very cautious when providing login information to web sites they did not directly visit. CONSUMERS ARE FURTHER ADVISED AGAINST USING THE SAME USER NAMES AND PASSWORDS FOR THEIR VARIOUS ONLINE ACCOUNTS. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

FRAUDULENT E-MAIL PURPORTEDLY FROM THE FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION (FDIC)

The FBI has received complaints concerning a spam e-mail purportedly from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). This scheme originally was unleashed in 2004, but currently is resurfacing. The e-mail claims: In cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security and federal, state, and local governments, your account has been denied insurance from the FDIC due to suspected violations of the Patriot Act. Recipients may verify their identities by clicking the provided link, http://www.fdic.gov/idverify/cgi-bin/index.htm. Once your identity is validated, all suspensions of insurance on your account will be lifted. Failure to complete the identity verification will result in termination of insurance on your account and all records of your account will be sent to the FBI in Washington D.C., for analysis and verification. Failure to provide proper identity may also result in a visit from Homeland Security officials or the local, state, or federal government. Be cautious of e-mails requesting personal and/or financial information. Information related to Federal Deposit Insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using its online Customer Assistance Form. If you have received this e-mail or one similar, please file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

SOURCE:  FBI