The FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center said they have increasing reports of suspicious email that purports to be from Mueller, which typically endorse lotteries or pass on fake inheritance notifications.
The FBI and IC3 said on June 25 that both have increasingly received reports of fraudulent schemes that misrepresent FBI agents, officials and/or Mueller. They said the schemes may be effective because the fake e-mails give the appearance of legitimacy because they use pictures of Mueller, the FBI’s seal, letterhead and/or banners.
Other fraudulent schemes that use the FBI as a cover claim to be from the FBI’s domestic and overseas offices. The schemes use a range of techniques, from outright threats and extortion e-mails, towebsite monitoring containing malicious computer program attachments (malware), and online auction scams, said the agency.
The aim of the social engineering techniques using the FBI’s name is to intimidate and convince the recipient the e-mail is genuine, it said, adding that the agency doesn’t send out e-mails soliciting personal information from citizens.
It urged those that have received unsolicited e-mail referencing the FBI, FBI Director Mueller, or any other FBI official endorsing any type of Internet activity to contact the agency or the IC3.
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