The FBI continues to see reports of e-mail hoaxes similar to the warning posted on the IC3 website dated 7/7/2004.
The individual closing the internet transaction changes on the e-mail; otherwise, the text of the e-mail is identical to the e-mail circulated in July 2004.
The following is the message brought to our attention:
From: IFCC [email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, September 16, 2006 6:10 PM
Subject: Internet Fraud Complaint Center
Please note that this E-mail was generated by FBI and IFCC(Internet Fraud Complaint Center) E-mail services and any attempt to reply to this E-mail cannot and will not be answered or received by FBI or IFCC.
The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). IFCC's mission is to address fraud committed over the Internet.
Our records show that you have closed an internet transaction with David Harrys. We are now able to inform you that this person is an internet scam artist. For almost 2 years he had ripped off over 100 internet buyers using Western Union for payment. We were not able to catch him until now because we don't have enough proves and details about him. Here is what we suggest:
Please pretend that you are interested in buying a product from him and accept any offer that he will make you. Follow all the instructions you receive from him regarding the payment procedure via Western Union wire transfer. We will watch this particular transaction and arrest him when he will try to pick up the funds at the Western Union office.
This way we will be able to stop his illegal activity and you will receive this amount you will have to send now and a $10,000 bonus from FBI for your cooperation.
WE SUGGEST THAT YOU KEEP THIS E-MAIL SECRET FOR NOW. PLEASE DON'T ATTEMPT TO CONTACT FBI OR IFCC FOR THE MOMENT. WE WILL CONTACT YOU AS SOON AS YOU COPMLETE THE TRANSACTION WITH HIM. HE WILL TRY PICK UP THE MONEY AND WE WILL ARREST HIM AND CONTACT YOU AFTER THAT.
Regards, FBI team.
WARNING: DO NOT COOPERATE WITH SOMEBODY ELSE BESIDE FBI. OTHER COMMUNICATIONS MAY BE NEGATIVE TO OUR INVESTIGATION. EVEN THE COMMUNICATION WITH WESTERN UNION MAY BE DEADLY FOR OUR PLAN.
If you have received this, or similar hoax, please file a complaint at www.IC3.gov.