FBI warns consumers about e-mail schemes

FBI warns consumers about e-mail schemes

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The FBI is warning people again about e-mail schemes that request money or personal information.

The FBI has issued the warning before, but says it is still hearing from Utahns about the problem. For example, its office in Vernal averages three to four calls a week about those types of e-mails, some of which appear to be sent by government agencies, including the FBI.

One e-mail claims an investigation found the recipient is a victim of fraud and requests their personal information. Other e-mails say the recipients are subjects of criminal investigations or that they have won lottery jackpots. People are asked to send money -- usually about $300 -- either to collect their winnings or to resolve legal issues.

The FBI says it does not send these types of unsolicited e-mails.

Supervisory Special Agent Petra Butler-Castleberry says people tend to send and receive more e-mails during the holidays and reminds everyone to be aware of scams.

The FBI urges consumers to check the website www.ic3.gov/default.aspx for more information about Internet scams and warnings.

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