Department of Justice – Warns Email Spam A Hoax

The United States Department of Justice is warning citizens of an email scam that is being sent to unsuspecting recipients claiming to be from the federal agency are a hoax.  The DOJ states in their press release that the department does not send out unsolicited emails and that such messages should be reported immediately upon receipt and they list a reporting agency to make follow up complaints to. In addition the DOJ states:

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice has recently become aware of fraudulent spam e-mail messages claiming to be from DOJ. Based upon complaints from the public, it is believed that the fraudulent messages are addressed “Dear Citizen.” The messages are believed to assert that the recipients or their businesses have been the subject of complaints filed with DOJ and also forwarded to the Internal Revenue Service. In addition, such email messages may provide a case number, and state that the complaint was “filled [sic] by Mr. Henry Stewart.” A DOJ logo may appear at the top of the email message or in an attached file. Finally, the message may include an attachment that supposedly contains a copy of the complaint and contact information for Mr. Stewart.

THESE EMAIL MESSAGES ARE A HOAX. DO NOT RESPOND.

These spam email messages are bogus and should be immediately deleted. Computers may be put at risk simply by an attempt to examine these messages for signs of fraud. It is possible that by “double-clicking” on attachments to these messages, recipients will cause malicious software – e.g., viruses, keystroke loggers, or other Trojan horse programs – to be launched on their computers.

Do not open any attachment to such messages. Delete the e-mail. Empty the deleted items folder.

Be careful and follow what the DOJ recommends and do not open any attachments that may come with the hoax email. Also on the DOJ site there is a link to report this hoax should you receive such an email. Follow safe computing practices and keep your anti-virus and anti-spyware software updated at all times. You may wish to pass on this information to your family and friends.
Full DOJ alert here.

[tags]doj, alert, email, hoax, [/tags]

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  • shirley morant

    I HAVE RECEIVED AN EMAIL THAT STATES THEY ARE THE INTERNATIONAL CYBER POLICE. THEY FURTHER STATE THAT THEY ARE A MEMBER OF THE HOAX ARCHIVES OF THE INTERNATIONAL CYBER POLICE OF THE USACOPS. THEY STATE THAT AN E-MAIL I SENT TO THEM TELLING THEM TO STOP EMAILING ME IS UNDER INVESTIGATION AND AM NOT TO SEND ANY MORE EMAILS OR I WILL BE UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE PARTY SENDING THIS IS [email protected]
    I AM A WOMAN 73 YEARS OLD. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND I DO? I CAN FORWARD THE EMAIL TO YOU IF YOU WILL GIVE ME THE CORRECT ADDRESS.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hello Shirley,
    You can post a copy here in the comments area. I’ll take a look at it when you do.

    Best regards, Ron

  • Heather Shaye

    This is the email i got…:

    Attn: Beneficiary,

    This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly Investigated with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you are having an illegal Transaction with Impostors claiming to be Prof. Charles C. Soludo of the Central Bank Of Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Aziza, Mr Frank Nweke, Dr. Philip Mogan, none officials of Oceanic Bank, Zenith Banks, Barr. Derrick Smith, kelvin Young of HSBC, Ben of FedEx, Ibrahim Sule,Larry Christopher, Dr. Usman Shamsuddeen, Dr. Philip Mogan, Paul Adim, Puppy Scammers are impostors claiming to be the Federal Bureau Of Investigation. During our Investigation, we noticed that the reason why you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfilled your Financial Obligation given to you in respect of your Contract/Inheritance Payment.

    Therefore, we have contacted the Federal Ministry Of Finance on your behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by coordinating your payment in total USD$11,000.000.00 in an ATM CARD which you can use to withdraw money from any ATM MACHINE CENTER anywhere in the world with a maximum of $4000 to $5000 United States Dollars daily. You now have the lawful right to claim your fund in an ATM CARD.

    Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in this transaction, you have to be rest assured for this is 100% risk free it is our duty to protect the American Citizens. All I want you to do is to contact the ATM CARD CENTER via email for their requirements to proceed and procure your Approval Slip on your behalf which will cost you $150.00 only and note that your Approval Slip which contains details of the agent who will process your transaction.

    CONTACT INFORMATION
    NAME: Mr. Kelvin Williams
    EMAIL: [email protected]
    Telephone: +2348031351173

    Do contact Mr Mr. Kelvin Williams of the ATM PAYMENT CENTER with your details:

    FULL NAME:
    HOME ADDRESS:
    TELL:
    CELL:
    CURRENT OCCUPATION:
    BANK NAME:
    AGE:

    So your files would be updated after which he will send the payment information’s which you’ll use in making payment of $150.00 via Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram Transfer for the procurement of your Approval Slip after which the delivery of your ATM CARD will be effected to your designated home address without any further delay.We order you get back to this office after you have contacted the ATM SWIFT CARD CENTER and we do await your response so we can move on with our Investigation and make sure your ATM SWIFT CARD gets to you.
    Thanks and hope to read from you soon.

    ROBERT S. MUELLER, III
    DIRECTOR, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
    UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
    WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535

    Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your ATM CARD, you are hereby advice only to be in contact with Mr. Kelvin Williams of the ATM CARD CENTER who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation.

  • Echo64

    The last tip had nothing do to with groceries, and at my store if something is past the expiry date you either get 25% off or they take it away, but that’s just my store.

    Another tip I would add is to check all your grocery store flyers in the area first, and then buy whatever product you were looking for at the cheapest price.

  • http://twitter.com/krunkosaurus krunkosaurus

    TL;DR. There needs to be bullet points or sub headings.