[Collected via e-mail, October 2007]
A complaint has been filled against you and the company you are affiliated to by
The complaint states he contacted your company on MON,
On WED, 24 OCT 2007, the complaint was sent by fax to Federal Trade Commission and we forwarded it to Internal Revenue Service and Better Business Bureau.
Complaint was filled against :
If you feel that this message has been sent to you in error or if you have any questions regarding the next steps of this process, please download the original complaint by clicking the link below :
Please take knowledge of the complaint's content and complete the form at the bottom of forward it to email@example.com.
Federal Trade Commission,Fraud Department
[Collected via e-mail, December 2007]
Dear Mr. Smith,
A complaint has been filled against the company you are affiliated to, in regards to the possibillity of tax avoidance and money laundering schemes. The complaint was filled by
Registration : #74366843
A copy of the initial complaint and claims has been attached to this
Claims based on product liability;
Claims for personal injuries;
Claims that have been resolved by a previous court action, arbitration, or written agreement between the parties.
The decision as to whether your dispute or any part of it can be arbitrated rests solely with the US Department of Treasury.
The Department of Treasury offers a binding arbitration service for disputes involving marketplace transactions. Arbitration is a convenient, civilized way to settle disputes quickly and fairly, without the costs associated with other legal options.
Origins: In October 2007, a virus circulated in an attachment to an
Merely opening the e-mail doesn't appear to trigger the virus' payload, but opening its attachment or clicking on any of the links it contains does.
Says the FTC of the computer virus being spread in
The spoof email includes a phony sender's address, making it appear the email is from "firstname.lastname@example.org" and also spoofs the return-path and
Simply opening the email does not appear to cause harm. However, it is likely that anyone who has opened the email’s attachment or clicked on the links has downloaded the virus on their computer, and should run an anti-virus program. The virus appears to install a "key logger" that could potentially grab passwords and account numbers. More information about bogus emails, phishing, and virus protection is available at www.OnGuardOnline.gov.
The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 1,600 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. For free information on a variety of consumer topics, click http://ftc.gov/bcp/consumer.shtm.
THESE EMAIL MESSAGES ARE A HOAX. DO NOT RESPOND.
The Department of Justice did not send these unsolicited email messages — and would not send such messages to the public via email. Similar hoaxes have been recently perpetrated in the names of various governmental entities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service. Email users should be especially wary of unsolicited warning messages that purport to come from U.S. governmental agencies directing them to click on file attachments or to provide sensitive personal information.
— Don't open the attachment.
— Delete the e-mail.
— Empty the deleted items folder.
The hoax e-mail is personalized, and contains the name of the recipient and their business. The bogus message explains how the complaint will be used, who will have access to it and states, "Attached you will find a copy of your complaint. Please print a hard copy of the complaint for your records in the upcoming investigation." Opening the attachment downloads the malicious spyware.
Consumers can learn more about protecting themselves from malicious spyware and bogus
The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish or to get free information on any of
Reuters. "Fake FTC E-Mail Carries Dangerous Virus." 30 October 2007.