Scam of the day – June 29, 2012 – FBI scam

The late Johnny Carson used to host a television show entitled Who Do You Trust?”  If there are any English teachers reading this, they know it should have been “Whom Do You Trust,” but why quibble?  I bring up this trip down memory lane because if there is anyone people do trust, it is FBI director Robert Mueller.  Consequently when you receive an email from him endorsing the legitimacy of a particular lottery or notifying you of a possible inheritance, you might be considering trusting the email.  Don’t.  Despite the fact that the emails look quite official with photographs of Director Mueller the FBI seal and other legitimate looking trappings, the emails are always scams.  Sometimes they ask for personal information for various reasons and sometimes they provide links for you to click on.

TIP

The FBI does not endorse lotteries or inform you of inheritances.  The FBI will not be sending you emails asking for personal information.  Any links you click on contained in such email will most likely contain malware that will steal the information from your computer and make you a victim of identity theft.  If you do get such an email, the best thing you can do is to either ignore it or forward it to the real FBI.