MY DESK: MADISON -

We have chronicled many times in this space how spammers (a.k.a. scammers) try to convince you they are officials, maybe with the government, law enforcement, or banking, to get you to buy in to whatever they're proposing.

The reason I'm showcasing today's example is that if you look below at who this email is purportedly from, "Mr Steve James [mailto:info@fbi.org]," it looks official enough, right? I mean, that's an FBI email address, so why should I be concerned about this.

Forget the fact for a minute that they're offering me millions of dollars in free money which we know does not exist and instead focus on that email address. The official website for the FBI is FBI.gov, not FBI.org, but even that's not what I want you to pay attention to. So, I hit reply and looked at the address I would be responding to and this is what I found: mrstevejames24@gmail.com.

Now, Mr. Steve James is somewhat different from Special Agent Steve James and it just goes to show you how easy it is to spoof email addresses. If you're at all concerned with who sent you something, you can hit the reply button, look at the email address where your note would be going, and then, just hit delete.

Oh, and if anyone is ever offering you cash or check, I'm generally taking the cash and going straight to the bank.

My two cents worth for a Thursday morning.

Take care and have a wonderful day.

ajs

From: Mr Steve James [mailto:info@fbi.org]
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 9:08 AM
Subject: FBI SPECIAL AGENT

From FBI headquarter,My name is Mr Steve James,I am special agent right here in Washington Dc. We discovered a long pending transaction of $8.5 Million United State Dollars from a Foreign country

All I need from you now is to provide me your home address, telephone number and also let me know how you need your funds, is it check or cash?

Waiting for your urgent response,

Regards.

Mr Steve James

FBI SPECIAL AGENT.