Mollie Halpern: Fraudsters are using a new version of spam e-mails to lure their victims. The threatening e-mails are purportedly from the FBI and its leadership.
Timothy A. Gallagher: FBI executives do not send threatening e-mails to the public.
Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and this is FBI, This Week. The FBI does not send unsolicited e-mails to consumers. The FBI uses the legal process should we want to contact you.
Scammers are also using spam e-mails as fake FBI recruiting pitches, which are actually used to sell training and testing to people interested in law enforcement jobs. Section Chief Timothy Gallagher of the Cyber Division…
Gallagher: We caution that if you receive an unsolicited e-mail, you don’t open it, that you don’t click on it, and if you do click on it that you do not respond.
Halpern: Spam e-mail is usually originated in West Africa.
Gallagher: Many of these individuals are operating from outside the country but they’re not operating from outside the reach of the U.S. law enforcement.
Halpern: The FBI works with its foreign counterparts to bring these fraudsters to America, where they’ll face justice.
If you’re a victim of cyber crime file a complaint at ic3.gov.