It is not unusual for cyber crooks to use various government agencies or officials to legitimize their scams, and now a scheme has emerged that misrepresents the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Victims report receiving an email claiming to be from the Treasury Department, stating their lost funds, which were stolen and diverted to a foreign account registered in their name, have been recovered.
“In order to avoid any further damage and loss of funds, we advise that you desist from further communication with this individuals [who stole the money],” the fraudulent email states. “Give to us full detail on the irregularities on your funds transfer. The United States government is making adequate arrangements to ensure that outstanding beneficiaries receive their funds.”
The email is signed by James H. Freis, deputy director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and requires victims to provide information that could potentially result in identity theft, the FBI said.
As always, these 419 scam emails are riddled with typos and poor grammar, a tell-tale sign they are not from whom they appear to be.