Phishing Nets Cast Far And Wide

I woke this morning to an email from fbi.gov claiming I had visited 40+ illegal web sites. It went on to demand that I open a zip file and answer questions therein. Of course, I junked it at once. Just the same, it’s nice to confirm it’s all a phishing scam.
from CNET: The FBI is warning the public about malicious e-mails designed to appear as if they were generated by the law enforcement agency.
In a statement released late Tuesday, the FBI detailed the threat, which attempts to lure e-mail users into opening an attachment containing a computer virus.
The mail is disguised as correspondence warning people that their Internet use has been monitored by the FBI’s Internet Fraud Complaint Center and that they have “accessed illegal Web sites.” The e-mails then direct recipients to open the virus-laden attachment to answer a series of questions.
The FBI said it is currently investigating the origin of the malicious e-mail and indicated that it would never send unsolicited messages to the public. The agency further warned people against opening any e-mail attachment sent to them from an unknown sender.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.