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FBI probes bogus bureau site used in scam

The FBI yesterday launched an investigation of a Web site, since removed from the Internet, that masqueraded as a federal bureau site and sought to lure consumers to submit private financial information in a fraud technique known as “phishing.” The site displayed the FBI seal and U.S. flag, as well as the layout of the FBI site, surrounding text that referred to the “ministry of protection of the confidential information,” which purportedly was investigating a credit card swindle. It said, in stilted language, “The Ministry of Finance and the government urgently have decided to collect the information on the disappeared cards and to block cards in the shortest term, differently the economy of America and the owners of the cards will have big losses.” The site urged users to enter their debit or credit card numbers and PINs, as well as their approximate account balances. An e-mail appearing to be from the FBI drove Internet users to the FBI’s site and then redirected them to the bogus site. Full Story

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