Public Service Announcement

Prepared by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

October 13, 2006
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Attention — Fraudulent E-mail Purported to be Representing Congressional Interests

The fraudulent email is sent from The author of the email claims to be representing several U.S. Legislative committees including the following:

  • Senate Committee on Foreign Relations,
  • Senate Committee on Appropriations,
  • House Committee on Appropriations, and the
  • House Committee of International Relations.

The author advises the recipient of the email is to receive refund money from outstanding bills as sited by the U.S. Senate. The bills are based on loans and disbursement agreements signed between the U.S. government and governments of various debtor United Nation countries. The recipient is instructed to provide full name, telephone numbers, the amount claimed, and complete banking details. The message purports to be approved and witnessed by the following:

  • Senator Russell Feingold, D-Wisconsin
  • Representative James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin
  • White House and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois
  • Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee

This e-mail is a hoax. Do not follow the provided link.

Be cautious when responding to requests or special offers delivered through unsolicited email:

  • Guard your personal information as well as your account information carefully.
  • You should never give any personal, credit, or banking information in response to unsolicited emails.

If you have received this, or a similar hoax, please file a complaint at