You visit illegal websites email scam

The spambastards are at it again! (I know they never stop, but I write so many of these, I’m running out of things to open with!). An email arrived this morning, purporting to be from the FBI, telling me I visit illegal websites. Other than the fact that the supposed FBI email was addressed to Sir/madam, I don’t visit illegal websites and the FBI has no jurisdiction in the UK, it was the weakest piece of phishing / malware spam that I’ve seen in a long time.

These morons have no imagination, but despite the fact that that they have knocked-up this malware /phishing email in 5 minutes, there will be hundreds of people, all over the world, that open the zip file and either given them personal information, or down a piece of malware into their machine. If you receive the FBI email, “You visit illegal websites”, bin it straight away, don’t open anything and if you are gullible enough to open the document, don’t fill it in and hope you got a phishing version, rather than the worm version!

The email details:

Subject: You visit illegal websites

From: FBI [info94024@fbi.gov]

Attachment: Document.zip (7kb)

Sir/Madam, we have logged your IP-address on more than 40 illegal Websites. Important: Please answer our questions! The list of questions are attached.

If you get a variation of the above. please take the two minutes to send us a comment with the variation details, but don’t be tempted to click on the attachment, Have a mighty fine day :)  

63 Responses to “You visit illegal websites email scam”

Someone1 Says:

I had the info88969@ fbi.gov as an address. Glad I have a Mac and that .exe files can’t be open. They didn’t think of that, obviously.

nmarti Says:

Just get it today, and I’m from spain.

The from adress changes for me, there is: FBI .

James Coghlan Says:

I got this rather silly email too. You’re spot on. These idiots clearly don’t know the proper legal procedure. ISP would let the police know if I visited anything dodgy. I don’t visit dodgy websites anyway, so I knew it was a scam. Keep up the good work.

Tylersmit Says:

I received this email supposedly from the FBI, except that the full header shows a from: address in .ua , Ukraine — surprise!

It had an 8k zip file attached called document.zip.

From FBI Wed May 4 09:21:43 2011
X-Apparently-To: xxxx
Wed, 04 May 2011 02:21:45 -0700
Return-Path:

Received: from [162.29.123.45] (account n1031537dd@ ms2.hinet.net HELO ilkfysgbn.syipbttxqq.ua)

xiao Says:

info60125 @fbi.gov

Adrienne Calderon Says:

info75161 @fbi.gov

Carlos Says:

I just received one of this a couple of hours ago with the sender address info93512 @fbi.gov I’m in Brazil

Cori Says:

I got an email from : info84996 @fbi.gov

It was my work computer. I am not that stupid to log onto questionable sites while I at work!

I wait to do that when I am at home! LOL!

Jermaine Says:

Nz also just got hit :)

joey Says:

Also from Australia and recievd the email today. My security software sent it straight to the spam box for me to delete …

why do these people not have better things to do with their time ? They do it because they are criminals and they make money out of doing it. :( BM

blahblah Says:

I’ve got it from info16129@ fbi.gov. Rule of thumb, all these info….. are all spammers!

Carol Says:

Another Australian. I recieved the..you have visited over 40 illegal websites with a Zip file attatched. My first thought was…I think the FBI…who don’t have juristiction in Aus….would be a bit more sophisticated than that. Must just be that time of year…have recieved heaps of phishing scams lately..am so over it. PS at least they got the English right in this one…Hahahahaha :) BM

balquees Says:

I’m Indian, i got one. the email id looks so real but i just new it was a cheap phishing mail !!!

C123 Says:

I am from Australia also and i received the same, you have visited over 40 illegal websites with a Zip file attached.

sara Says:

why they send this email ? They are criminals and they are trying to gain access to your personal account details.
also juste got this email today and i open only email but not the attachement i live in duabi i want to ask plaise is there any problem if just open email and what result ? thanks No, as long as you haven’t opened the attachment, you should be fine. Just delete the email out of your machine. BM

yehya Says:

A very funny spam indeed! I’ve got it from info13255 @fbi.gov.

louise Says:

info71951 @fbi.gov

sara Says:

thank you so mush for your reply. You are most welcome, BM

Wube Says:

Twice in one day (5/4/2011) received the following email, and I am thinking to change my email address. Very annoying!

From: “FBI”
Date: May 4, 2011 5:31:26 PM EDT
To:
Subject: You visit illegal websites

Sir/Madam, we have logged your IP-address on more than 40 illegal Websites. Important: P lease answer our questions! The list of questions are attached. gu ruw

Terry Says:

I have received half a dozen of these and the incorrect English always gives them away. The FBI doesn’t send email to individuals telling them what crimes they’ve committed! How ridiculous!

Mikhail Says:

mine was FBI i did explore the zip file but i didn’t extract it because it was a .exe file. i thought it was real because just this week, the FBI worked in collaboration with our NBI somewhere near our city and sort of busted an illegal car dealer. funny thing was, i don’t frequently use this eadd. :))

oh oh Says:

info11043 @fbi.gov

Soul Eater English Says:

I GOT THIS:
Sir/Madam, we have logged your IP-address on more than 40 illegal Websites. Important: Please answer our questions! The list of questions are attached.
AND ANSWERED THIS:
nice try but i don’t open files that are detected from spam detector neither trusting such obvious scams, don’t send other spam emails!

+ the law doesn’t support this email also many users that did opened the file, just reported this email as 100% scam/spam
+do not send any more spam emails or we, the fair pc users will report your actions
+there are not illegal websites, also i am positive that there is a personal information - data right and you 1st have to show that you have the authority to investigate.

;) By replying to a spam email, you are merely confirming your email address is live and your email address is likely to find it’s way onto even more spam lists. I know that you believe that by sending them a smart answer, you are pissing them off in some way, but they really don’t give a toss - they will simply think - oh, we have another live one, let’s add it to out list of confirmed live email addresses and sell it on. Don’t answer these scam emails, don’t click on anything, simply delete them and move on with your day. (I’m sorry to sound harsh in response to you feeling good about your reply, I simply want to get accross that these are criminals and the fact that you have answered them, let’s them know they have another live one :( )BM

ALberto Says:

Bonjour a tous,
des Colombia info46518…

erin Says:

I just received it too and im in Ireland. it came from info26492 @fbi.gov!

Alfredo Says:

i just recived another of these fake email and im from Panama, Central America.
FBI
jueves 5 de mayo de 2011 11:54

Andy Says:

These bastards and their mindless emails should be hunted down and their balls cut off. I would just love to meet up with one of these techno geeks and beat the shit out of them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jay Says:

I was like how they know? damm all-seeing Yanks..no not really Avast caught the worm and I just delete the phising emails..

punit Says:

i extracted d zip file bt my anti virus stopped it from being opened….i want to know whether any virus has been installed since i extracted d zip file..??? Not if your anti virus stopped it. BM

Dakota Says:

I accidently opened it what do i do?!?!?!? info75328 @fbi.gov Download a free virus checker and see if you have a virus. If you have, but some virus removal software to delete it. Malwarebytes is a good piece of kit, you could try that. BM

Dakota Says:

i only opened the zip file but my computer couldnt open it and i didnt answer anything is that bad? You should be okay, but best to check, as above - Download a free virus checker and see if you have a virus. If you have, buy some virus removal software to delete it. Malwarebytes is a good piece of kit, you could try that. BM

Kim Says:

In Australia as well….message info52008@ fbi.gov with a zip file attachment - never a good thing if it goes to the junk folder and has a zip file would be stupid to open that one. Have a great day everyone..

JD Says:

Received it today in NZ

TheOnlyCompleteIdiotHere Says:

I opened it. Now my computer is saying that damaged hard drive clusters are detected and the RAM memory usage is critically high. I’ve tried restoring the files from my last backup using Norton 360 but it hasn’t work, I don’t think. I personally don’t rate Norton and would suggest using an alternative free check online before dumping your machine. BM

Rahul Says:

I received the same from info00372 @fbi.gov
Mail was like this-
Sir/Madam, we have logged your IP-address on more than 40 illegal Websites. Important: Please answer our questions! The list of questions are attached. Thank GOD no file was attached with the mail otherwise I would have opened the file.

Who is sending this? It’s Jim from 2874 High Street in Auchtertool - don’t tell anyone though……… :) BM

Taina Says:

Just got one today: info45079 @fbi.gov
I’m from Finland.

erdoke Says:

Just landed one from FBI [info87783 @fbi.gov] in my mailbox.

Eulo Says:

Yep i got 2 messaged from fbi too that said i visited 40 illegal sites but i know i wont get arrested since im not from america and from philippines and i think its probably a scam and if you get one pleasedont open it sometimes when you open it,it makes them see that the e-mail they sent is verified and they will send more spams to your e-mail

matt Says:

jst woke up and chekced my email and in my spam box i got this fbi email, although i know i havent been on any illegal websites worried me for a sec, glad i found this page. spamming gits!!!

Phil Says:

I got it too. Question: I am a mac user and I did click on the zip file but I didn’t open/click on the .exe file after the zip file was downloaded. In fact, I deleted the exe file right away and clear the trash bin. Am I ok? Thank you for your help

Phil Phil, Are you okay - good question - other than being a mac user, you should be fine :) BM

Tanay Says:

I got that E-mail. I opened it, because i got scared after i saw the senders address. That .exe file damaged my all hard drives. But now i am alert. “‘I want that email again”‘. But i cannot retrieve it because i deleted it permanantly & its more than 24 hours. I WANT THAT EMAIL AGAIN. I have a good plan to do with that email. Can you tell me how i can retrieve it. Just forget about it. You’re plan is 99.99% certain to be a waste of time. Learn the lesson and move on with your life. BM

David J. Says:

I’m in Dallas, Texas and received 3 in a row! Two at 10:36PM and another at 10:52PM. Didn’t open the attachment, but I’m assuming it asks for personal information. Stupid! There are several on the go, some ask for personal information and others trash your machine. BM

jamie Says:

Moi aussi

FBI

Shawn Says:

info75860@ fbi.gov

This one’s in Canada.

AnOnYmUs Says:

Greetings from Romania. Just got this piece of sh1t email.

Nick Muck Says:

Lol, im sure they will get more that an email from the REAL F.B.I

Annika Says:

I am from Australia and I also got the same email 2 days ago from this email address info89584 @fbi.gov
Mine came with a zip file and they asked me to answer some questions.
I went to the bin as I don’t believe that FBI would ask me to answer “question” if I have done something wrong LOL

Bansuk Says:

I got this mail today, i mean what the heck and what do they actually want those scam

alix Says:

Got the spam FBI Illegal Website email, unlike some others that got it from info##### @fbi.gov, this one came from supportre @pmobile.com. Same wording with a zip attachment.

josh Says:

just recieved it myself im from israel
it read as follows
Sir/Madam, we have logged your IP-address on more than 40 illegal Websites. Important: Please answer our questions! The list of questions are attached.
email came from
info97322 @fbi.gov

Anonymous Says:

I got the email on may 5th…you visited illegal websites from FBI, i didn’t reply to ths mail but y r they sending such mails what is the purpose of it?…and am using kaspersky antivirus is there any link between these two… Read the article and the answers to previous questions for the answer to your query. BM

Khanh Says:

FBI [info27509 @fbi.gov]

Jazz Says:

I’m from Malaysia and I do received exactly this kind of massage this morning. I’ve tried to open it but then my antivirus didn’t allow me to open it, I thought this kind of stuff maybe risky. anyway thanx for the info :)

Girija Says:

I received an email from “FBI” and the subject was Sir/Madam, we have logged your IP-address on more than 40 illegal Websites. Important: Please answer our questions! The list of questions are attached. And believe me that was disgusting.

Heather Says:

I received the same email. The attachment after a scan shows a virus. I am in the U.S. and I know this is a load of crap.

Sh0cX Says:

I Received it in Ireland but i opened it on my IP using ifile, will this do much damage? I assume you mean your iPhone and not your IP address? If you do, I haven’t a clue how you can check it, maybe someone else knows. Is your Iphone still working okay? BM

Lovelife Says:

The address was info34721 @fbi.gov

There was an attachment saying that I must answer questions. The attachment didn’t open as my antivirus didn’t open it.

Don’t they have anything better to do?

J Says:

got the same email today from:
FBI

Sh0cX Says:

I assume you mean your iPhone and not your IP address? If you do, I haven’t a clue how you can check it, maybe someone else knows. Is your Iphone still working okay? BM

Yes it is nothing different. I hope

Paul H Says:

Following attachment received today, seriously stupid asses. This time there is no acusation of accessing dodgy websites, just the demand to open the attachment. NO zip file, a .txt document……….

AGENT JOHN EDWARD

aje110@ ciudad.com.ar

From: AGENT JOHN EDWARD (aje110@ ciudad.com.ar)
Sent: 22 May 2011 18:33:54
To:
1 attachment | Download all attachments (2.1 KB)
FBI.txt (2.1 KB)

VIEW THE ATTACHED FILE AND REPLY IMMEDIATELY.

ABBAS TABRIZI Says:

Message flagged Sunday, 4 March 2012, 6:03You’re almost at the peak of your career, but something is holding you back.
All you need is a diploma confirming your high qualification.
Make one phone call and get your order ASAP:
inside usa 1 - 845 - 709 - 8044 - 2 outside the usa +1 - 845 - 709 - 8044
Leave your name and phone # (including your country code), they will call you back promptly.

DEAR SIR
I RECIEVEID THIS EMAIL. I AM CIVIL ENGINEER AND EMPOLYED IN IRAN-PERSIAN GULF. PLEASE INFORME ME THIS EMAIL FROM YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NOT?

KIND REGARD A.TABRIZI Im not sure why you would think it was from our company, but no it’s not. It is likely one of the many employment scam emails that are going around. BM

fisher Says:

This is the kind of massage we do not like to see:

Jim.McCullar@ aol.com
Dear Beneficiary,

My wife and I won the Mega Millions Lottery jackpot of $190,000,000.00 million dollars and we have commenced our 2012 summer Donation and Grant as we will be donating the sum of $1,500,000.00 dollars to you and five(5) other families.

please visit the web link below to for more information as regard our identity;
abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/jim-carolyn-mccullar-mega-millions-winners-12559371

Your email address was luckily selected and submitted to my wife and I by the United Nations Charity Foundation and you received this email because we accepted you as a lucky beneficiary.

Kindly send us your Full Names, Country, & Telephone numbers and we will get back to you with more information;

Yours Sincerely,
Jim & Carolyn McCullar
Contact Email: Jim.McCullar @gmx.us

georgie sikora Says:

I too just received a message supposedly from Jim & carolyn McCullar stating they won the mega jackpot and are donating over a million dollars and I was selected to receive some of the money……had to be a scam I am not that lucky!! I only win concert tickets :( I don’t even win concert tickets! :) BM

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