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Kennewick man hit with fake FBI e-mail scam

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- There are lots of scams coming through the Internet, but most of them  are easy to spot with bad grammar and mis-spellings, but one Kennewick man received an e-mail from what he thought was the FBI signed by it's director, looking very official.

The letter asks Mr. Joe Guilford to get a certificate of clearance from the Department of Homeland Security.
It says, the clearance is needed because he is somehow involved with the department and it costs $350.

It also goes on to say if he does not comply within 24 hours, someone from the FBI will come to his house and arrest him.

Guilford says the letter looked very authentic, except for one thing.  "You had to go through a different email address to register this. It was not a US address as I could tell. it wasn't a government address, it wasn't a state of Washington address," says Guilford.

Guilford contacted the FBI who told him this scam has been happening for quite some time and has duped many people.

They told him if you receive an e-mail like this contact them directly,  not with the email on the letter.