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News | March 5, 2013

CID Lookout: CID Warns of Email Scam, Criminals Posing as Police

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly referred to as 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.

Cyber-criminals are attempting to impersonate members of the U.S. Army Criminal
Investigation Command via email, stating that they are from the “Office of the Division of
Criminal Investigation (DCI),” when no such organization exists within Army CID.

In the email, the perpetrators state that they have discovered fraudulent activities with 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. Web sites and accounts can easily be established and deleted in very little
time, allowing scam artists to strike, and then disappear before law enforcement can

The ability of law enforcement to identify these perpetrators is very 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 should delete them immediately without response.

However, if you receive an email claiming to be from “Office of the Division of Criminal
Investigation (DCI)”, to take the following steps:
 STOP all contact if you have responded to the email and report it to CID.
 REPORT having received the email to Army CID’s “Report a Crime” email at

Other cyber-crime resources available are:
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3):
Federal Trade Commission:

By reporting this crime one can assist CID and other law enforcement officials across the
United States in their investigations and help bring those responsible to justice.