FBI warns of bin Laden photo scam

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 8:04am

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 5:31pm

The FBI is released a warning today for computer users. If you get emails, facebook posts, or twitter messages about photos or videos of Osama bin Laden's death-- it's not true. The content could be a virus that mgiht damage your computer and spread to others by hacking into your contact list. Already many have gotten posts on their facebook with the message " See picture of bin Laden dead"  or "Bin Laden execution video"-- if you click on it, most likely, your account will be hacked.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) urges computer users to not open unsolicited (spam) e-mails, including clicking links contained within those messages. Even if the sender is familiar, the public should exercise due diligence. Computer owners must ensure they have up-to-date firewall and anti-virus software running on their machines to detect and deflect malicious software.

The IC3 recommends the public do the following:

■Adjust the privacy settings on social networking sites you frequent to make it more difficult for people you know and do not know to post content to your page. Even a “friend” can unknowingly pass on multimedia that’s actually malicious software.
■Do not agree to download software to view videos. These applications can infect your computer.
■Read e-mails you receive carefully. Fraudulent messages often feature misspellings, poor grammar, and nonstandard English.
■Report e-mails you receive that purport to be from the FBI. Criminals often use the FBI’s name and seal to add legitimacy to their fraudulent schemes. In fact, the FBI does not send unsolicited e-mails to the public. Should you receive unsolicited messages that feature the FBI’s name, seal, or that reference a division or unit within the FBI or an individual employee, report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.
 

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