The Internet Crime Complaint Center announced today that officials and high ranking members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are being targeted by a new spam attack that uses specific names of members and divisions within the agency to trick recipients into opening emails.
According to IC3, the email alerts the recipient that two “trunk boxes” containing large sums of money were intercepted at an international airport and that the funds are allegedly from Nigeria’s Office of the Ministry of Finance.
“The boxes contain documents bearing the recipient’s name as the owner of the funds,” stated IC3. “The fraudsters advise an additional document called the ‘Diplomatic Immunity Seal of Delivery’ is needed to protect the recipient from violating the Patriot Act.”
The email then prompts the recipients to contact the spammers for instructions on how to obtain the document and then warns them of the consequences should they fail to comply. They also inform the FBI officials not to contact any bank in Africa or any other institution.
IC3 warns that officials should not respond to these hoax emails and to report any further incidents.