Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

FBI Internet Fraud

FBI Internet Fraud – http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How can you tell if that e-mail from the FBI is a fake?
  • How would a character report an internet scam?
  • What is ransomware?
  • What are ways that smartphones could be compromised?


News stories and alerts of common internet scams such as:

  • Smartphone Users Should be Aware of Malware Targeting Mobile Devices and Safety Measures to Help Avoid Compromise
  • E-Mails Containing Malware Sent to Businesses Concerning Their Online Job Postings
  • Fraudulent Notification Deceives Consumers Out of Thousands of Dollars
  • Involvement in Criminal Activity Through Work-From-Home Scams
  • Claims of Being Stranded Swindle Consumers Out of Thousands of Dollars
  • New Twist on Counterfeit Check Schemes Targeting U.S. Law Firms
  • Mystery/Secret Shopper Schemes

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