30.9.03

I Am Not Paranoid!!

I feel:: anxious
What song is on a loop in my head right now:: Prince~The Look

I received this response from the FBI today in my email:

Dear Ms. XXXX,
THIS IS NOT AN AUTOMATED RESPONSE

A review of the information you provided revealed that you are being approached over the Internet to participate in an advanced fee scam. There are several variations of the scam using different names for the organization sponsoring the lottery, but most of them claim to be in the Netherlands.

The United States Secret Service (USSS) has developed an excellent, detailed description of this fraud scheme, which can be accessed at http://www.secretservice.gov/alert419.shtml. If you have been victimized by one of these schemes, please forward appropriate written documentation to the USSS, Financial Crimes Division, 1800 G St., NW, Room 942, Washington, D.C. 20223, or telephone (202) 406-5850. We encourage you to share this Web page with family and friends. Your continued cooperation in this and other matters is greatly appreciated.

You do not need to forward the emails to us. If you have not, simply delete them from your computer. Also, if you know that you are receiving spam mail, it is advisable not to open them, because even if you do not reply, the sender has validated your email address. And, you may get other spam mail.

Again, thank you for taking the time to forward this report to us.

For your information, the Internet Tip Line (ITL) was created on 9/11/01, in response to the terrorist attacks upon America. We quickly established a mechanism for the public to submit information to the FBI via the Internet, and we received our first tip at 10:31 AM that first day. Director Mueller has since made the ITL a permanent part of FBI operations, and we have thus far received over 700,000 tips from around the globe, from which thousands of leads have been sent to FBI Field and Legal Attache Offices for action.

Initially, almost 100% of the tips received were related to the terrorist attacks; now, approximately 45% of all tips received are related to almost every other FBI criminal program, e.g., drug trafficking, organized crime, money laundering, pyramid schemes, child pornography, fugitives, bank robbery.

Our operation is completely automated and paperless. Submitted tips are received immediately, reviewed within minutes and prioritized by trained Professional Support personnel, and action leads are set by Agents within the hour, as appropriate.

I encourage you to share this information with your family, friends, and co-workers, and encourage them to not hesitate to submit information they may deem of interest to the FBI.

Sincerely,

David N. Rushing/smc
Supervisory Special Agent
FBI Headquarters
Washington, D.C.



I KNEW there was some sort of scam going on! Besides, the only thing I EVER enter is the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes!

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