Got message from FBI!!!

Philippines
May 10, 2011 12:09pm CST
Okay few days ago when I opened my mail box, a mail got my attention... Its a message from FBI... And of course, I became curios and decided to, okay read it... And guess what, "FBI" sent me email because they said I have visited 40+ illegal sites and they have noted my IP address... They said they have some questions that I need to answer BUT wait! Those questions are not listed inside the body of their letter, it was in the attachment... I did not open the attachment for it may have some virus or something that might hack my accounts... I deleted it and surely it is one of those again... Have you receive emails like mine too?
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@petersum (4526)
• United States
10 May 11
Nobody, not even the FBI, can trace you from your IP address! Your IP is shared by hundreds, if not thousands, of other users. This is a scam email from someone who has absolutely no idea how the internet works. A real idiot! Never open an attachment! The Philippines are under FBI control? Use your common sense. You did! Delete everything suspicious.
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• Philippines
10 May 11
FBI... Its funny... And of course FBI will not send or notify somebody by email... What an informal way of getting information or evidence from people... And yes, Philippines is not under FBI... Thanks for responding petersum!
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@retfar (11)
• United States
10 May 11
Petersum I regret having to inform you that they cannot find you threw your ip this statement is false.An example: the recording industry are suing thousands by going to a judge to subpena the isp's records for the location of people thew there ip at a certain time. All your activity is recorded by the isp because the government make them do so. The recording industry goes thew a blanket ip activity list for illegal uploads and down loads gets there addresses from the isp then subpena's them to court. I have found people addresses from online tools from there ip even my own. Surprise!
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@petersum (4526)
• United States
11 May 11
retfar: ISP records and IP addresses are two completely different things. You cannot trace anyone from an IP address alone. I challenge you to trace me!
@SIMPLYD (73931)
• Philippines
11 May 11
From the sender alone you can surmise that it's a phony one or a virus. However, if you have done something wrong, then it will really cause you to be alarmed. Good move, lovelyn!
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• Philippines
11 May 11
Hi SIMPLYD! Yes many emails like this are getting into my mail everyday... different senders, some are popular people and like FBI Different approach to make the receiver believe but all are the same...
@SIMPLYD (73931)
• Philippines
12 May 11
It's a good thing that emails like that directly go to my spam mails. I would occasionally check the spams, whether a legitimate mail is there . Then, i would all delete them simultaneously.
• Philippines
21 May 11
It went to my inbox... but yesterday, I received another email from that "FBI" and this time it goes straight to my spam mail... I actually forgot to mark the first email a spam, just deleted it straight right after I read the body of the message... I did not bother to read it anymore, just deleted it straightly... Thanks for responding again SIMPLYD!
@ET28LV (1895)
• Latvia
10 May 11
Well In the first moment I thought that you have very big problems, but after reading I understand the real thing. I think you are very popular, because I never had got email from FBI. One time I got email from unknow email that I have won in nokia birthday contest and I had won 350,000 $ Althought I never joined in nokia contests so I searched for this a bit more and saw that many people have got this email only for different email. It is good that you didn't open the attachment, because It could be virus, Thanks for sharing! :)
• Philippines
11 May 11
haha scammers think of different stories and strategies every now and then... Those "you won email" , "dormant account without beneficiaries" and dying person with no relatives" notifications are already over used and many are super aware of it already so they think of another one and another one... Yes It is a virus, and one of mylot members was victimized....
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@ET28LV (1895)
• Latvia
17 May 11
You now scammers do not have a lot of ideas anymore how to scam people so they think up new ways how to scam people. Sad to hear about your victimized mylot friend.
• Philippines
21 May 11
yea... I wished i have posted this discussion a little earlier... maybe by that I have prevented her/him from downloading the attachment of that "FBI" email... Actually FBI emailed me again yesterday, it was titled, "no time to waste"... and of course as usual, there is the attachment...
• Philippines
10 May 11
Totally uncool, man! I agree with the above comments..Suspicious emails with attachments are strictly not to be opened. It could be a harbinger of VIRUS. Beware and be aware!
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• Philippines
10 May 11
Hi sophiecheer! Thanks for responding. I hope there will be a system someday that can block those scammers or can stop the execution of suspicious activities of this people. Anyways, I hope no one will fall from the tactics of these bad people anymore.
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@retfar (11)
• United States
10 May 11
lovelyn_medrano Hi there are many email virus scanners out there that will warn you.If you don't have one get one many are free.
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• Philippines
11 May 11
Yes there are virus scanners but what i mean about the system, like for example yahoo will automatically block those people who do such suspicious and illegal activities on the net and those messages they sent will not reach the recipients anymore... Well I think that will be hard and close to impossible...
• India
10 May 11
Hey, I too got the same message. And you are right. It was a virus. I too opened the file and downloaded it but never opened and deleted it. I knew it was a virus because FBI can't send anyone messages like this ,specially not to Indians ( or any other people who lives outside US),because before they do that they have to contact the police of that country to take the permission. I think still i am infected with that virus because after that day my computer is running too slow and some strange things are happening to my computer,which i know is because of virus.
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• Philippines
10 May 11
Hi sonaimajumdar! I am so sad about what happened to you. I actually DID NOT open the attachment. I only read the email and deleted it after without opening and downloading the attachment. I am receiving lots of emails from hackers, they come up with different stories and everyday I get them... just different approach this time so I read it (just the body of the email). And about the FBI thing, yes you are right about that, we are not under FBI. Hope You can fix and clean your computer with that virus. Thank you for responding sonaimajumdar.
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@retfar (11)
• United States
10 May 11
sonaimajumdar Have you run a virus and maleware scanner? If so get ccleaner and comodo registry cleaner (both are free) run ccleaner first then comodo.to clean what ccleaner missed.good luck.
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• Philippines
11 May 11
Hi retfar! Nice information you have... I am using cclearner occasionally, especially when my computer is slow. I don't know about that comodo cleaner registry cleaner... Thanks for the information, will do that to when I feel need it already...
@watergirl (569)
• Philippines
11 May 11
I haven't received such emails from FBI. I did however, receive countless emails from UPS, DHL, and Fedex saying I have a package on the way. As usual, the letter has an attachment that i have to read in order to confirm stuff. Like you, I don't open the attachment and just deleted the emails.
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• Philippines
11 May 11
They bombarded me with that ups and fedex email everyday! Wait and one of these days you will also get that FBI email hahahaha!!! Hay!!! Scammers! Scammers! That's all they do... to send emails and hope to fish some innocent people...
• Philippines
13 May 11
hahaha! I'll keep an eye out for that email!
@whateva (786)
• India
11 May 11
You know what!! i received the exact same message as yours and did exactly what you did, except for the deleting part. It was in my spam mails, so its still in spam. I read spam's, would you believe it ? spam's ? :p
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• Philippines
11 May 11
hahahah that's okay, I also read and check spams sometimes... There are some mails that went straight to spam folder even if its from the person I know but not listed in my directory... I also clean my spam folder, I always delete them all. The FBI mail landed to my inbox...
@Bannybanzie (1398)
• Philippines
11 May 11
Hi! If I got that message, I'd do what you did. I would not open the attachment. They never do business like that as I know and yeah, that may come from somebody else using FBI and then giving you "virusful" attachments.... and I guess you should have checked where it came from like the email address. However, the question is, Did you really visit a lot of illegal sites that it has already become an issue? Hmm.. makes me think. Well, I also always receive an email but it says that I have a shipment coming that I must approve... and it has virus. Fortunately, my antivirus noticed it immediately. Spammers all over. We should be careful.
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• Philippines
11 May 11
We, all can visit illegal site without our knowledge... As long as it is available for browsing and it is up on the net... FBI will not do such emails. Its not their practice... I am also receiving lots of fedex and ups notifications... but I always and never open the attachment. That can only give me big problem and headache if I do so... I am very sure that one of these days you will receive FBI mail too...
@rameshchow (5284)
• India
11 May 11
Definitely that was a fake mail from a hacker. They may want to theft your mail. You did right thing. I agree with you. I am also receiving some unknown mails with the prestigious government offices names. I just deleted them.
• Philippines
11 May 11
Hi rameshchow! I just wanted to share this to all mylot members and other browsers who are not yet aware of these stupid activities of hackers and scammers... I hope they happy days will end soon! DELETE DELETE DELETE all suspicious mails!
@alottodo (3062)
• Australia
11 May 11
Oh yes I get them all the time but I know they are not genuine so I just ignore them...I have nothing to do with the FBI so why would they contact me?
• Philippines
11 May 11
Yeah right! We're just normal and law follower citizens so why would they??? ANd its not even the practice of a real FBI... Is very informal to email people for interrogation or something...
@mrgpk63 (444)
• United States
11 May 11
Yes I have gotten a Letter from the FBI to but it was Phony to. The Return Address was not Real and I Deleted it. I wanted to Send a Copy to the FBI as the Joker will get in some Serious Trouble if inside the USA. Maybe Contact Interpol if this Dummy is over Seas.
• Philippines
11 May 11
scammers are everywhere and will not stop to look for victims. Hope they get what they deserve... Lets all be aware and never let ourselves be victimized whether its sweet promises or threat...
@Hatley (154938)
• Garden Grove, California
11 May 11
lovelyn__medrano oh my dear we all get those and the FBI likes it if ypu send them these scams so they can work with the authorities to get these phishers off our emails. they are crooks after probably you personal ids so they can drain your bank accounts. the FBI does not do emails like that at all and if you notice they did not address you by your email address.it was a scam for sure and next time delete it all of it as if they sent an attachment then thats a virus they are sending. good that you did not open the attachment.
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• Philippines
11 May 11
Hi hatley! Correct correct! And if we look at the "TO:" we'll see different email addresses. It was not sent only to us but randomly... Thank you so much for responding hatley! I'll see you around! Have a nice day!
• Philippines
11 May 11
fake - FBI message is completely fake and should not believe them.
Hello Lovelyn, I don't think FBI is going to do it because they got bigger problems to fry if cops can't handle them or if it's more complicated. besides, the only thing that would arrest you is the CIA or NSA if you have dared infiltrate top secret or secured government US files, yeah, they're gonna chase you there. but having an attachment with those questions, wow?! i doubt FBI has gone that lazy in questioning people
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• Philippines
11 May 11
Yeah Letran! Its an obvious scam... Oh well these scammers are unstoppable... They will come up and think of different new lies in order to get victims...Hope everyone becomes aware of their activities...
• United States
11 May 11
I have received these messages many times. I have also received messages saying that I one a lottery. I always delete these messages! If they were true why would they send me an e-mail. Wouldn't it make more sense to send a letter or call someone? They are all scams!!
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• Philippines
11 May 11
Yeah right... And how could one won a lottery if she or he is not buying or joining any ticket or raffle in the first place??? weird... they say weird things just to get our attention and to be interested with the fake money they are promising... Nothing but scams... I am glad many are aware of their activities now... Even if they change skin, the thing and end is still the same...
• United States
10 May 11
I've never gotten a message like that, but there is no way the FBI would actually send something like that. That is a very clever way to put a virus on someones computer, I'm glad you did not open up the attachment! The FBI would never waste their time on a normal person who surfs the internet, and why would 40 be the magic number that makes them send an email?
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• Philippines
11 May 11
Yeah that is absolutely correct TallPaul69. I mean why would FBI email those people who surf the net?? Whether its illegal website, everybody can visit those sites unintentionally or without knowledge... Oh men! those scammers....
• Mexico
10 May 11
Hi lovelyn medrano: If I've received a message like this, just by reading the title I'll mark it as Spam. I would be like, the FBI have sent me a message, sure! XD Lol But honestly, there's a big risk just by opening these emails from people you don't who they are. You can get a virus just by opening so I think you shouldn't do that again. ALVARO
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• Philippines
11 May 11
Really? Is that true? we can get virus even by just reading the mail and without opening the attachment??? I am really not aware about this... I thought reading mail is harmless... and we can get virus only if we open the attachment and worst if we downloaded it without scanning the file... Oh this is scary...
• India
10 May 11
hahaha .. its a very rare thing which has happened with u ... i hope it happens with me someday .. wil keep it saved as my memories ... n show it top my kid .. .wow ... FBI messeged me ^_^ .. dats an awesome thing .. bt im sure that it might be a scam .. one of ur friends might be foolin arnd with u ... jst for sum fun .. so dnt take it seriously .. n enjoy !! Thats what i will say TC buddy :)
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• Philippines
11 May 11
Its nothing but a remembrance from scammers...I deleted it and sent it to trash were it belongs... Opppsss! Hey heatstreak! You are new here! Welcome welcome!!! Enjoy and keep on posting! Have a great time while learning some few new things...
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
10 May 11
Well, if you did something worth of the FBI noticing what you did, they are more likely to knock down your doors and then drag you off for questioning. Not really send you an e-mail that is easily ignored and you can just simply delete them. They are far more direct and in your face. Trust me, if there is something worthy of FBI notification, you will know it, and they will let you know it, in the most direct way possible. This is a scam that has been going around. Come to think about it, I may have gotten this e-mail a while back. This has been going around for a long time. People really are going to cause havoc anyway they could, by attaching viruses. And there are going to be people who fall for it every single time. Because, people do take things at face value. You would think that would have been all but beaten out of the human race by now.
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• Philippines
10 May 11
Hi megamatt! You are correct. Sending emails is very informal and inappropriate especially for FBI. And I am from the Philippines, its NBI here not FBI I am so sorry for those who fall from this scam emails. I hope everybody become aware that there are big shark in the net.
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• India
10 May 11
First of all if you are really in the hot list of FBI they will grab you and interrogate you at their personal cubical. Secondly do you really think that FBI will warn a criminal, before they knock on their door, so they can get away? Don't worry just a spam or a prank.
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• Philippines
10 May 11
Hi wrick300! Welcome to mylot! Hope you are enjoying your time in here. Its like chatting but you get lots of good and new information. Yes it is obviously a scam mail. And actually one of the respondents here opened and downloaded the attachment ( am really really sorry for him ), his computer was infected with virus after doing so... We all be very careful and be aware of the activities of this scammers.
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@umabharti (3976)
• India
10 May 11
hi, it was good reading to ur discussion , it was like u wr joking .And i never received such emails.,Good u had deleted it .
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• Philippines
10 May 11
Hi umabharti!It was not a joke actually, because those scammers are really annoying... They even use "FBI" to victimize innocent people, too bad for those people who are not yet aware of this dirty tactics of them... Let us all be very careful.