Either these numbers for Fed stings are really on the rise meaning that our top law enforcement unit is really earning their money or we are only now hearing more about them. It appears that these stings are happening more since Americans have been using the FBI Cyber Crimes Unit form to report suspicious emails that they are receiving. This is just a guess and I do not have a creditable source except personal observation.
“Undercover agents in a sting operation stopped a Somali-born teenager from blowing up a van full of explosives at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland on Friday, federal authorities said.” “The explosives were duds supplied by the agents and the public was never in danger, authorities said.” “Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested at 5:40 p.m. just after he dialed a cell phone that he thought would detonate the explosives but instead brought federal agents and Portland police swooping down on him.” “Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen living in Corvallis, was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and is scheduled for a court appearance Monday.” “Mohamud and the undercover agent met in Portland on July 30 where the agent and Mohamud “discussed violent jihad,” according to the court document.” “Prosecutors alleged that Mohamud later mailed bomb components to FBI operatives, who he believed were assembling the device.” “He said he wanted to set off explosives at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square, an event that occurred on Friday.” “On Friday, an undercover agent and Mohamud drove to downtown Portland in a white van that carried six 55-gallon drums with detonation cords and plastic caps, but all of them were inert, the complaint states.” “Mohamud dialed the phone agents had given him, and was told the bomb did not detonate.” (McCall, William, 11/27/2010, Associated Press, Feds: Somali-born teen plotted car-bombing in Ore., Retrieved from www.news.yahoo.com ).
Having been a victim of these scam emails, I too have been forwarded them as much as possible to any law enforcement agency that I could find, if for no other reason than to stop or slow them up from coming to my inbox. I am sure that as long as there will be emails, this trend will continue and as savvy as I think that I am, I still may not be safe from them but there is one very large amount of advise that I can give and that is respond if you wish but when anyone ask for money up front kindly say no and forward that email to any law enforcement agency that you can whether here or in the United Kingdom. They more they know, the safer we all may be.