Updated on October 14, 2011
New Hoax E-Mails Currently in Circulation
I write about these a lot as a public service. I’ve gotten literally hundreds of emails from men and women across the globe who have expressed thanks about the Nigerian and internet scams and others that use the military or government in their fraud attempts. This one is the latest that you may have seen or will shortly, so be aware.
The FBI is warning the public to be aware of three new fraudulent e-mails that are currently in circulation. One claims to contain “Intelligence
Bulletin No. 267;” another purports to be from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI Counterterrorism Division; and the third claims to contain an FBI intelligence bulletin from the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. Do not click on any links contained in these or similar e-mails; they are hoaxes and may contain viruses or malicious software.
Below is an example of the fraudulent e-mail message:
INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN No. 267
Title: New Patterns in Al-Qaeda Financing
Date: August 15, 2009
THREAT LEVEL: YELLOW (ELEVATED)
THE INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN PROVIDES LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS WITH SITUATIONAL AWARENESS CONCERNING INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC TERRORIST GROUPS AND TACTICS.
HANDLING NOTICE: Recipients are reminded that FBI Intelligence Bulletins contain sensitive terrorism and counterterrorism information meant for use primarily within the law enforcement community. Such bulletins are not to be released either in written or oral form to the media, the general public, or other personnel who do not have a valid “need-to-know” without prior approval from an authorized FBI official, as such release could jeopardize national security
As with many fraudulent e-mail messages, this message contains multiple spelling errors and poor grammar.
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