New Spams Reported By FBI

Spam is a launch pad for criminal activity used by the hackers who attempt to access your system and break it. These bad guys unbeknownst to their owners are prolific in achieving this. The FBI warns regarding one new scam making which looks like an e-postcard from a colleague, friend or relative. Once the user clicks on the link, and the spammer will install malicious malware on your computer. Richard Stiennon of Fortinet, an internet security firm reported that these spammers install a mail system that can generate emails and send them out millions at a time.

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has warned of fraudulent e-mails that appear to come from the FBI and U.S. military. The center issued an alert on July 17 which stated that IC3 has increasingly received intelligence of fraudulent schemes misrepresenting the FBI or Director Robert S. Mueller III. It also included that the fake e-mails give the appearance of authority due to the usage of pictures of the FBI Director, letterhead, seal, and/or banners. The spam is actually pumping lotteries or is phony inheritance notifications. Criminals have also used the agency’s name in the extortion e-mails and online auction scams as well. Adam O’Donnell, a senior research scientist at antispam vendor Cloudmark, told that these e-mails are variations on long-running scams such as the Nigerian “419” spam, which has been effective at extracting large amounts of cash from victims.

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