Scam Warning

November 21st, 2005

The FBI has put out a notice that emails claiming to be from them are, in fact, a scam. I got one of these myself, just a few minutes ago:

Subject: You visit illegal websites

Dear Sir/Madam,

we have logged your IP-address on more than 30 illegal Websites.

Please answer our questions!
The list of questions are attached.

Yours faithfully,
Steven Allison

*** Federal Bureau of Investigation -FBI-
*** 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 3220
*** Washington, DC 20535
*** phone: (202) 324-3000

The message has an attachment, a zip file containing an executable. I scanned the program with my antivirus software, but it found nothing suspicious. I did not attempt to run the program; my guess is it’s some kind of spyware, adware, or malware, despite the clean virus scan.

8 Responses to “Scam Warning”

  1. Leigh Ann Says:

    Thanks for the heads-up. I haven’t seen that one yet.

  2. Carol Says:

    I received 2 emails stating they were from the FBI and the same guy (Steven Allison) sent 2 more emails claiming to be from the CIA. I received 2 yesterday & 2 today. I deleted them immediately after doing a bit of research stating that when the attachment is opened, it is actually malware.

  3. Carol Says:

    just read attachment contains a copy of the Sober. CF worm

  4. Jim Says:

    No surprise that those attachments contain some Bad Mojo. It bothers me that my antivirus software (Symantec 2004 Pro) didn’t catch it. My subscription is paid up, and my virus definitions up to date. This is the kind of thing I expect SAV to protect me against.

  5. Gina Says:

    Well thanks for the Info. I have gotten two so far today. One from and one from I did NOT open the attachement (thank goodness) have enough of our OWN computer problems without adding someones harm!!!

  6. Toodaif Says:

    I received this mail “FBI scan your IP….30 illegel sites”. Be carefull : the attached zip have a worm virus said avast antivirus ! ;)


  7. Williams Says:

    It might be a good idea to not accept any executable files in your mail….. just a thought

  8. Jim Says:

    The attachment wasn’t executable; it was a zip file.