Here is some text from a fraudulent email that’s been popping up lately:
INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN No. 267
Title: New Patterns in Al-Qaeda Financing
Date: August 15, 2009
THREAT LEVEL: YELLOW (ELEVATED)
THE INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN PROVIDES LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER PUBLIC SAFETOFFICIALS WITH SITUATIONAL AWARENESS CONCERNING INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESIC TERRORIST GROUPS AND TACTICS.
HANDLING NOTICE: Recipients are reminded that FBI Intelligence Bulletins =ontain sensitive terrorism and counterterrorism information meant for us= primarily within the law enforcement community. Such bulletins are not =o be released either in written or oral form to the media, the general p=blic, or other personnel who do not have a valid ?eed-to-know?with=ut prior approval from an authorized FBI official, as such release could jeopardize national security
All the spelling errors and odd characters are exactly as they appear in the message.
Do I even need to tell you this one is fraudulent?
If so, it is.
Furthermore, the message often contains a file named “bulletin.exe.” If you open this file, it will install malicious software on your computer, which can lead to serious problems (like fraud and identity theft).
The FBI does not email official reports, nor does it send unsolicited email messages. If a document is confidential, they’re going to keep it that way.
Whenever you get an email message you weren’t expecting, from someone you don’t know, use extreme caution when dealing with it. My advice is to not even open unsolicited messages, and delete them right away. However, at the very least, never click on links or open attachments in emails unless you already know what the file (or link) is, why it’s being sent to you, and who sent it.