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October 15, 2004   

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  • August 26, 2004 - Operation Web Snare  (.pdf )

    Criminal schemes included in this initiative include: criminal spam, phishing, spoofed or hijacked accounts, international re-shipping schemes, Cyber-extortion, auction fraud, credit card fraud, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Computer Intrusions (hacking), economic espionage (Theft of Trade Secrets), International Money Laundering, Identity Theft, and a growing list of "traditional crimes" that continue to migrate on-line.


    The FBI has become aware of e-mails being generated with the subject line “FBI Investigation” and implying the e-mail originated from the FBI. The e-mail requests the recipient’s assistance by purchasing merchandise via the Internet. This e-mail is fictitious, and its origin is being investigated. The FBI would never direct someone to expend personal funds in furtherance of an investigation.
  • February 9, 2004 - Reshipper Scam Transforms

    To alert citizens regarding the inappropriate use of IP-Relay to facilitate criminal activity.
  • January 26, 2004 - X_BOX Giveaway Scam

    To alert citizens regarding spam emails pertaining to the notification of winning a Microsoft X-Box.

  • November 20, 2003 - Operation Cyber Sweep (.pdf 18K)

    The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC), a partnership between NW3C and the FBI, in coordination with state and local law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice offer details on a national take down effort highlighting recent Internet crime investigations stemming from IFCC referrals.
  • November 4, 2003 - Employment Scams (.pdf 6K)

    To alert citizens regarding scams that target those who use the Internet to find employment.

  • November 4, 2003 - Romanian Warning (.pdf 7K)

    The number of reported Internet auction frauds is increasing and hundreds of new complaints are received daily.  Many of these frauds originate in Eastern Europe in former communist countries.  Consumers are strongly cautioned against entering into Internet transactions with subjects exhibiting this behavior.

  • November 4, 2003 - Nigerian Warning (.pdf 6K)

    The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) is aware of a large-scale fraud scheme involving the use of counterfeit cashier's checks.  The scheme targets individuals that use Internet classified ads to sell merchandise.

  • June 30, 2003 - "Spoofed" E-mails & Web Sites (.pdf 16K)

    A Gateway to Identity Theft and Credit Card Fraud.

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