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Fraudulent e-mail scheme promises fraud relief

By Layer 8 on Fri, 06/06/08 - 11:04am.

Well here’s a new take on an old scheme. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) today issued an alert about emerging e-mail schemes containing various versions of fraudulent refund notifications purportedly from the IC3 and the government of the United Kingdom.

The e-mails claim the refunds are being made to compensate the recipients for their losses as victims of Internet fraud. 

The perpetrators of this fraud use the names of people not associated with the IC3 but give them titles in an attempt to make the e-mails appear official, the IC3 stated.  The perpetrators use the IC3's logo and the former name of the IC3, the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC), as well as the names of the Bank of England and the Metropolitan Police in the e-mails. 

The e-mails promise refunds of thousands of dollars which are to be sent via bank wire transfer from the "bank of England" once the victim signs a "fund release order." The e-mails contain warnings that failure to sign the order will place the funds on hold and a penalty will be applied. As with most spam, the content contains elements which are evidence of fraud such as: multiple spelling errors, poor grammar, agency names, signatures of officials and titles to appear authentic, and a warning for failure to comply. In some of the e-mails, the names of the officials do not match the signatures, the IC3 said. 

If you have received an e-mail similar to this, the IC3 wants you to send a complaint to  Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) | Home. 

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