The Omaha Division of the FBI wants the public to know of a new email scam that has surfaced in Nebraska. Public Affairs Officer Huston Pullen says it is designed to prey on fear.
Pullen says, “They are threatening harm to people. Whenever someone gets something that threatens to hurt them or loved ones we take these matters very seriously. Our number one priority is to make sure that you and your loved ones are safe and that this is not something that you need to be concerned with.”
The email demands that people can avoid harm by paying them off in bitcoin. The FBI wants the public to know they are aware of the situation and determined there is no threat or validity to these emails. It is a scam.
Pullen says those who receive a suspicious email are urged to log on to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at wwwIC3.gov. He says, “That is where people can go to actually file a complaint. We can look at it and check the validity of that particular email.”
Pullen says if you get one of these emails don’t panic. He says scammers will prey on your fears and lack of knowledge. Other ways to protect yourself against fraud is to never give personal information to someone you didn’t initiate contact with. Before signing up for a contest or email distribution list, make sure the business has a policy not to share your information with a third party. Be leery of anyone you did not initiate contact with or who asks for payment using a third party such as a MoneyGram or GreenDot prepaid card.