Small Business Tip: Scammers Masquerading as FBI Agents May Be Lurking in Your Email

There is an e-mail scam you may want to alert your small business staff to watch out for.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into an online scam targeting businesses and individuals alike.

The scammers are using a series of official looking e-mailsrequesting financial and bank information as part of an FBI investigation.  The sender is masquerading as a FBI investigator trying to obtain bank records from the recipients, and threatens legal action if the request isn’t answered.

The FBI never requires victims or subjects of investigations to provide bank account information via email.  Many of the bogus e-mails currently in circulation claim to be an “official order” from the FBI’s Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division.

If you receive a similar e-mail request you can report it to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center at

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