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Fake AFP subpoena threatens personal details

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17 March 2016

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is advising people to delete a scam email that purports to be from the AFP and claims that the email recipient has received a subpoena.

The AFP has advised on its Facebook page that it does not send subpoenas by email and notes that the email incorporates 'several links that may be malicious'.

'Don't click on the links—delete the email from your inbox and deleted items folder immediately,' the AFP advises.

The fake email includes the official AFP logo and a case number. The message does include some poor grammar, a common (but not definitive) indicator that an email is fraudulent.

If you are unsure of the legitimacy of any email you receive, contact the organisation that the email claims to be from through a number, email address or form sourced from the organisation's official website. Do not use contact information in the email itself as scammers may insert fake phone numbers or official-looking email addresses in their messages to further their scam.

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