Beware of email phishing scam

P11CyberCrimeBeware of any email that purports to be from the “Office of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI)” — it is a scam, according to law enforcement officials.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly called CID, is warning both the Army community and the public about a new Internet phishing scam where criminals are attempting to pose as Army CID officials.

There is no such office as the “Office of the Division of Criminal Investigation” in the Army CID.

If you receive an email claiming to be from the “Office of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI),” do not respond to the email, stop all contact if you have responded, and report having received the email to usarmy.belvoir.usacidc.mail.crime-tips@mail.mil.

In the email, the perpetrators say they have discovered fraudulent activities within a company that the targeted victim had contact with. The cyber-criminals then ask the potential victim to acknowledge the email and provide financial and personal information.

According to CID special agents, these phishing and/or spear-phishing emails originate from overseas, most likely Western Africa, which is home to a number of well known Internet scams such as the “Nigerian Scam,” “Foreign Lottery Scam” and the “Romance Scam” that continues to plague the public.

Most email scam attempts are easily recognizable as they are usually unsolicited, contain misspelled words, punctuation and grammatical errors, and often ask for personally identifiable and/or financial information or for money.

Cyber-crime and Internet fraud presents unique challenges to U.S. law enforcement agencies as criminals have the ability to mask their true identities, locations and cover their tracks quickly.

Websites and accounts can easily be established and deleted in little time, allowing scam artists to strike and disappear before law enforcement can respond.

The ability of law enforcement to identify these perpetrators is limited, so individuals must stay on the alert and be personally responsible to protect both themselves and their loved ones.

CID strongly recommends that Soldiers, civilians and family members who receive any suspicious and/or unsolicited emails delete them immediately without response.

Other cyber-crime resources are available at the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov/default.aspx or the Federal Trade Commission at spam@uce.gov.