E-Mails Seeking Personal Information

 WARNING * WARNING * WARNING

Have you received a suspicious

e-mail from FBI Director Robert Mueller or another FBI official? If so, it is a
fake. The FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) have increasingly
received reports of fraudulent schemes misrepresenting FBI agents, officials,
and/or FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III. The fraudulent e-mails give the
appearance of legitimacy due to the usage of pictures of the FBI Director,
seal, letterhead, and/or banners. The types of schemes utilizing the names of
FBI agents, officials, or the Director’s name are typically lottery
endorsements and inheritance notifications.

Other
fraudulent schemes representing the FBI claim to be from our domestic as well
as overseas offices. The schemes cover a range from threat and extortion e-mails,
website monitoring containing malicious computer program attachments (malware),
and online auction scams.

The
social engineering technique of utilizing the FBI’s name is to intimidate and
convince the recipient the e-mail is legitimate.

The
FBI does not send out e-mails soliciting personal information from citizens.

Please
be cautious of any unsolicited e-mail referencing the FBI, FBI Director
Mueller, or any other FBI official endorsing any type of Internet activity.

To
receive the latest information about cyber scams please go to the FBI website
and sign up for e-mail alerts by clicking on one of the red envelopes. If you
have received a scam e-mail please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at
www.ic3.gov. For more information on e-scams, please visit the FBI’s New
E-Scams and Warnings webpage.

FBI
National Press Office (202) 324-3691