E-mails purporting to come from FBI are phony

E-mails purporting to come from FBI are phony

From Public Safety and Parking Services

St. Thomas' Public Safety has not received reports of these phony e-mails being sent to UST community members, but would like to share the information below:

From the Minneapolis Field Office of the FBI

E-mails purporting to come from FBI are phony

Nov. 21: The FBI warned the public to avoid falling victim to an ongoing mass e-mail scheme wherein computer users received unsolicited e-mails purportedly sent by the FBI. These scam e-mails tell the recipients that their Internet use has been monitored by the FBI and that they have accessed illegal Web sites. The e-mails then direct recipients to open an attachment and answer questions.

These e-mails did not come from the FBI. Recipients of this or similar solicitations should know that the FBI does not engage in the practice of sending unsolicited e-mails to the public in this manner.

Opening e-mail attachments from an unknown sender is a risky and dangerous endeavor as such attachments frequently contain viruses that can infect the recipient's computer. The FBI strongly encourages computer users not to open such attachments.

The FBI takes this matter seriously and is investigating. Users receiving e-mails of this nature are encouraged to report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center.