Warning on scam 'AFP' email

Release Date: Thursday, July 02 2009, 12:00 AM

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have become aware of a ‘Scam' email in circulation that falsely claims to have been sent out by the AFP.

The fake email informs recipients that their credit card has been detected as being used in transactions linked to criminal organisations. It goes on to instruct the recipient to click onto a ‘link' attached to the email.

The scam email further instructs the receiver not to contact either their bank or the local authorities under threat of legal action.

The AFP warns anyone receiving this email, or one like it not to respond to it in any way.

Anyone who receives this e-mail should delete it immediately. Generally these websites and emails attempt to lure customers into divulging personal information or downloading malicious software which can record and transmit the customer's key strokes.

The AFP would not send out an email asking members of the public to disclose personal or financial information about themselves.

Advice to the public who have received the hoax e-mail:

  • Delete the e-mail from your Inbox and from your Deleted Items
  • Do not click on the link embedded in the e-mail
  • If you have clicked on the link to the website in this hoax e-mail and provided personal information, contact your bank immediately for advice
  • Install and keep up-to-date anti-virus and firewall software on your computer

A copy of the fake email follows:

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Australian Federal Police case no : 24531987/AFP/832

The AFP's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division has been notified about several suspicious payments from your credit card account. Upon closer investigation we concluded that nine (9) of your payments are related to known criminal organizations, some of them currently under investigation for participating in the recent cybernetic attacks on Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Your case has received code 2 priority and you are under suspicion of aiding known criminals. Your credit card account may have helped the criminals in their attacks.

In order to prove your lack of culpability please click here (this is a secure link to our server).

Please note that failure to cooperate will lead to the advancement of our investigation. You will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Your assets and funds will be frozen until the end of our investigation.

This is a federal investigation, you will not contact your local authorities or bank; you will wait for one of our agents to contact you within 48 hours. We suspect local involvment in this matter. Failure to do so will ad a charge of "obstruction of justice" to you.

As a measure of precaution AFP is able to provide free monitoring of your account against all future hacking and phishing attack. We respect your privacy, we will not monitor your account transactions or personal info. Our software has a 99.57% rate of success in detecting and stoping cybernetic attacks. Also we have agents supervising the software 24/7. If you wish to subscribe to this service, more info will be provided when our agent contacts you.

More info available here .

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