Crime Trends/Fraud Alerts
Intelligence Note Prepared by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) April 27, 2009
Circulation of Fraudulent E-Mail Claiming to be from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
A spam e-mail claiming to be from former CBP Assistant Commissioner, Thomas S. Winkowski, is currently being circulated. This attempt to defraud is the typical e-mail scam using the name and reputation of a federal government official to create an air of authenticity.
The spam e-mail indicates the CBP has stopped a Diplomat who is carrying a consignment to be delivered to the recipient's residence. This consignment allegedly contains millions of dollars, which is revealed to be an inheritance for the e-mail recipient.
As with many other scams, this e-mail advises the recipient they will be permitted to access this inheritance once the recipient has given the sender of the e-mail their personal information.
If you have any information regarding any of these reports or otherwise, please contact the Wyoming Police Department.