The FBI has issued a warning about scam e-mails that tell computer users their Internet use is monitored by the agency.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a press note warning the public to avoid falling victim to an on-going mass e-mail scheme, wherein computer users received unsolicited e-mails supposedly sent by the FBI.
These scam e-mails tell the recipients that their Internet use has been monitored by the agency, and that they have accessed illegal web sites. The e-mails then direct recipients to open an attachment and answer questions.
The e-mail appears to be sent from the e-mail addresses of firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. There may be other similarly styled addresses. The recipient is enticed to open the zip attachment, which contains a w32/sober.jen@mm worm. The attachment does not open and its goal is to utilize the recipient's computer to garner information.
The virus also allows the e-mail to be forwarded to all those listed in the recipient s address book. The FBI post goes on to cite an example of the spurious mails.
We have logged your IP-address on more than 30 illegal Websites.
Important: Please answer our questions! The list of questions is attached.
Yours faithfully, Steven Allison Federal Bureau of Investigation-FBI- 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW , Room 3220 Washington , DC 20535 Phone: (202) 324-30000
The FBI maintains that it takes this matter seriously and is investigating it. The release says, "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."
While the address and phone number for the FBI is correct in the email, users receiving e-mails of this nature are encouraged to report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center via http://www.ic3.gov.