The FBI has warned users about a flood of e-mails purporting to come from the agency but which in reality attempt to download a virus to their PCs.
The e-mails tell recipients that the FBI’s Internet Fraud Complaint Center has been monitoring their internet usage and that they have accessed illegal websites.
They then direct recipients to open an attachment and answer questions. The attachment contains a virus.
The FBI said it did not send unsolicited e-mails to the public. “The FBI takes this matter seriously and is investigating,” the agency said.
Users receiving the e-mails are being encouraged to report them to the agency’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov.