Public Service Announcement

Prepared by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

November 8, 2006
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Spam e-mail confirming the purchase of a computer

The IC3 has received the following information concerning multiple e-mail hoaxes confirming the recipient's purchase of a computer:

  • The first e-mail hoax claims the recipient made the purchase through an online service provider. The e-mail contains a link if the recipient wishes to dispute the charges to their account. Once the link is selected, the recipient is requested to provide their account information.
  • The second e-mail hoax includes a PDF attachment claiming to be the order summary. The attachment contains a virus which will infect your computer.

The e-mails are fraudulent.

Be cautious of e-mails requesting personal and/or financial information. When made aware of any fraudulent purchases to your account, contact the respective company to file a report.

Further, do not open attachments from individuals you do not trust or know.

If you have received this, or a similar hoax, please file a complaint at www.IC3.gov.