FBI Warns of Phony “Missing Children” Scam

By Christina London
|  Monday, Aug 26, 2013  |  Updated 5:59 PM PDT
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning people about a new email scam that appears to be targeting people at work.

According to the FBI, the email is made to look like it’s coming from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The subject line is “Search for Missing Children,” and an infected zip file is attached.

FBI officials said this appears to be “spear phishing,” targeted attacks looking for information rather than money. Unlike email phishing, spear phishing attacks aren't random. Scammers try to trick employees to download something that gives the bad guys access to a business's computer network.

The FBI urges people not to click on suspicious links or download unknown attachments they receive through email at work.

Anyone can report spear phishing to the FBI at www.ic3.gov. Click here to read tips from the Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team on how to prevent attacks.
 

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