WFO Warns of E-Mail Scam
Have you received a suspicious e-mail from Special Agent in Charge Colleen Conyngham? If so, it is a fake.
The FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) have increasingly received reports of fraudulent schemes misrepresenting FBI agents, officials, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, and/or SAC Conyngham. The fraudulent e-mails give the appearance of legitimacy due to the usage of pictures of the FBI Director, seal, letterhead, and/or banners. The types of schemes that use the names of FBI agents, officials, or the Director are typically lottery endorsements and inheritance notifications.
The social engineering technique of using the FBI’s name is to intimidate and convince the recipient the e-mail is legitimate.
The FBI does not send out e-mails soliciting personal information from citizens.
Please be cautious of any unsolicited e-mail referencing the FBI, FBI Director Mueller, SAC Conyngham, or any other FBI official endorsing any type of Internet activity.