OMG. I got a really strange email from the "FBI." Should I be worried?

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  1. iParis macrumors 68040

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    So earlier today I got this really strange email saying they're from the FBI. I don't know whether I should ignore it or act upon it. I am only 16, how the hell does this have anything to do with me. When I first saw it I thought that they caught me illegally downloading music.

    Here is it:

    Subject:
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    Any advice is much appreciated. :)
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Why would the FBI use e-mail? :rolleyes:

    I suggest taking a look at the full header.
     
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  5. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Ya... I assumed it was a scam. Just wanted to be sure.
    And if they caught me doing something illegal they'd probably come to my house.
     
  6. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    Not to mention they'd have a better grammar and spelling
     
  7. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Probably. I didn't feel like reading through all of it.
     
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    Let alone yahoo.cn. Scroll to that, disregard the rest.
     
  9. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    SCAM. The email address is very cryptic for government contact.
     
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    Good on you for asking about something that's important that you weren't sure about, that's a great thing to do. But I thought 16 year olds were supposed to be more savvy today, you couldn't tell that this was a scam? Maybe despite what the media would have us believe, maybe 16 year olds are still just as wonderfully/terribly unsavvy as they've always been.
     
  13. Acorn macrumors 68020

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    those dang yahoo FBI agents can be a pain.

    soon as i saw yahoo i thought scam then i saw it asking for personal info and i thought even dumber scam
     
  14. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I didn't see that until I was halfway done making this thread.

    I could tell, especially since it was asking me to fill out all that stuff.
    I just wasn't 100% sure and wanted to know what you guys thought.
    Glad that I did post this though, especially since Scippy posted that link I'll probably report the scammer.
     
  15. Vivid.Inferno macrumors 6502

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    The quest you have to ask yourself. Are you dealing with a professor in Nigeria? If you're not then you're certainly not dealing with an imposter....unless....you have an alternate personailty that is involved in illegal arms trades :O
     
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    ****
     
  17. samiwas macrumors 65816

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    Every time I see one of these things, I have to wonder...how many people actually do fall for this? I mean, really? Do people sift through this grammatical crap-pile and actually think that a legitimate person wrote it? And then, do they send off $250 so they can get this mystical ATM card? Really? I want to meet someone who falls for this and just talk to them for 5 minutes.

    When the word "Nigeria" appears in an email, you can rest assured that it is almost 100% fake.
     
  18. MacGnG macrumors member

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    sad part is that a very high percentage of these email get responses with people's account information.

    my compsci teacher said that the univ was getting spams to teachers accounts asking for passwords, etc.. and the professors were giving out their info to random spammers...... :(
     
  19. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040

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    Er, what?
     
  20. Dagless macrumors Core

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    FBI using Yahoo? That should have alerted you enough :p
     
  21. és: macrumors 6502a

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    This is real. The FBI mainframe got blasterworm and is now having to use internet cafés and yahoo. This also works j.e.hoover@live.com
     
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    They spelled the President's name wrong... send them all your money right now, it must be legit! :rolleyes:
     
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