Don't Open Email From FTC "Fraud Department"—It's Virusy

The FTC has made a big to-do about fighting spammers and identity thieves, so naturally the underworld’s response has been to release a spoof FTC email into the world that is loaded with bad virus things that will attempt to steal your personal info. The FTC is urging everyone to not open this email. But you already don’t open unfamiliar attachments from people you don’t know, right? If you answered “No,” we have a shrink-wrapped hard drive from Best Buy we’d love to sell to you.

The e-mail says it is from “frauddep@ftc.gov” and has the FTC’s government seal. Recipients should forward the e-mail to spam@uce.gov, an FTC spam database used in investigations.

“Bogus FTC e-mail has virus” [Reuters]
(Image: Getty and the FTC)

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  1. magic8ball says:

    OK, but the one from the IRS is real, right?

    Yes, I’m kidding.

  2. @magic8ball: There was actually both real and fake ones of those going around… See Snopes.

  3. leastcmplicated says:

    some of my users got these yesterday. My repetitive “if you aren’t expecting it, don’t open it” teaching finally sank in!

  4. magic8ball says:

    @Papa Midnight: The official IRS website says that “The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails.” Snopes lists one IRS scam as false, one as “ambiguous or unverified”; however, the IRS specifically mentions both the emails listed on Snopes as scams.