Beware Of Fake Feds

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office is helping people spot scams when they get emails from someone claiming to be a federal official.

Officials say a North Carolina woman recently got an email from a person claiming to be FBI Director Robert Mueller. The email threatened that she would be arrested unless she paid $350 to the US Department of Homeland Security to obtain a Clearance Certificate.

Officials say there are several warning signs that this is scam, even though it has an official-looking FBI logo. First, there are several typos. Second, the email came from an AOL email address, rather than a .gov address. It also referenced Nigeria. That country has been a hotbed for scams for many years now.

Also, the real FBI never sends out emails soliciting money or personal information from citizens, and there is no such thing as a Clearance Certificate.

If you spot a scam, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.


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  • by Lubba Location: Yep on Jul 18, 2011 at 11:26 AM
    I agree with you but lets not forget the previous fake fed too!!!
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      by WOW on Jul 18, 2011 at 11:57 AM in reply to Lubba
      And the one before that, and the one before that, and the one before that, ad nausium... all the way back to Kennedy or maybe even Eisenhower before him...
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        by Common Sense on Jul 18, 2011 at 01:00 PM in reply to WOW
        I took until now for you geniuses to show up and tell us how to run a 3.7 million square mile country with 308 million people, many of whom disagree with each other. So what's the plan guys?
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          by WOW on Jul 19, 2011 at 02:21 AM in reply to Common Sense
          Put somebody with a clue in charge. But finding one could take years and years. Obviously the gang (ha) that's in charge now doesn't have a clue.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2011 at 08:05 AM
    Too late for that, he is already in the White House.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2011 at 09:19 AM in reply to
      You got that right.
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Jul 18, 2011 at 03:20 PM in reply to
      Yes, and they have already scammed us of trillions of dollars. Pelosi and Reid should be tried for grand theft of our childrens future....
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