If you get an email from Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown asking for donations and wanting you to give out personal banking information, guess what: That email isn’t from Chief Brown and it isn’t a legitimate fundraising effort.
Dallas Police know these emails are going around, and they are warning the public against responding in any way. According to a post on the DPD Blog:
“The Dallas Police Department is aware that the public is receiving ‘spoofing’ or ‘phishing’ emails that have the appearance of being sent from Chief David O. Brown. These emails are fraudulent and should not be replied to.
“The Cybercrime Unit of the FBI is currently investigating this issue.
“The Dallas Police Department would never ask for personal banking information in an email. If you receive one of these fraudulent emails, please delete it.
If you are a victim of this crime, please contact the Dallas Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unite at 214-67-3517.”