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FBI e-mail scam in Rusk

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An e-mail that uses the right seal of approval, and a signature from the real FBI Director, makes you think twice before deleting it.

"When it comes to the law enforcement I try to abide by the laws and my stomach turned upside down a little bit. What have I done that I didn't know I've done," says scam receiver, Elsie Grogan of Rusk.

Elsie Grogan of Rusk got an email stating she needed to pay $250 to get $1.5 million in return.

"This is the first time I've gotten anything like this over email," says Grogan.

The Better Business Bureau in Tyler say these con artists will make the email look as official as possible.

"The culprit is just trying to see who's going to fall for it, who's going to send money, who's going to respond to the email, who's going to get excited about winning a 1.5 million dollars," says Olga Mondragon, Better Business Bureau.

The email stated, if you did not pay the money you will be arrested and detained, with the signature of the current FBI director.

"They will use actual information of government agencies or government personnel to lure you in," says Mondragon.

But it was simple mistakes in the email, like capitalization, that helped Grogan realize....it was a scam, and that's why she says people should look closely at every e-mail you get.

"My main thing is just to warn people, be so very careful, proofread your emails," Grogan says.

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