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June 21, 2011

You Have Visited Illegal Websites Email

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You have visited Illegal Websites Email

This email that appears to come from the FBI warns you that you have been logged as visiting more than 40 illegal websites. The message advises you to answer a list of questions that are supposedly contained in an attached zip file.

If you open the file, you will trigger a fake anti-virus program that will then appear to scan your computer and then display a message to say it has found a large number of serious virus infections.

The message will also claim that you must pay an immediate fee using your credit card before the anti-virus program can remove the serious virus infections. If the fee is not payed, the annoying messages will continue to pop up on your pc.

The attachment to the email does not contain any questions for you to answer or virus scanning software. It contains a fake anti-virus program that is designed to gather your credit card details by claiming to find a large number of serious virus infections that can be removed by you paying a fee.

This type of email has been used for years and is almost identical to a virus sent in 2005 that contained the Sober Worm. There were some variations of that email that claimed it came from the CIA instead of the FBI.

The success rate with this email is high with inexperienced computer users as they panic when they think they have received an email from the FBI, and then fall for the message that their computer is plagued with serious virus infections and so quickly hand over their credit card information.

You should always be very cautious of any email that appears to come from a law enforcement or government agency and remember not to open any attachment or click on any links in the email.

If you have been a victim of this type of scam or any other Cyber crime, you can report it to the IC3 website at: The IC3 complaint database links complaints for potential referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency for case consideration. Complaint information is also used to identity emerging trends and patterns.

Remember - always watch for scams!


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