Don't let this email scam scare you into downloading a malware-infected attachment. The Federal Trade Commission is warning about fake emails that claim to be from the made-up "Bureau of Defaulters," with an attached "arrest warrant" that is really malware. How the Scam Works:You get an email that appears to come from a government agency called the "Bureau of Defaulters." It says you've ignored previous attempts to contact you. Now, the federal government has placed your Social Security number on hold, and you'll be prosecuted for fraud.Want to fight the charges? Your "arrest warrant" is attached, and you've got just 24 hours to respond. If you don't reply, you will be prosecuted, found guilty and fined. You may be very tempted to download the "warrant," but don't do it! There is no "Bureau of Defaulters," and you aren't under arrest. These emails are just a way to get you to download malware that can then hunt for personal financial information and passwords stored on your computer. How to Spot a Government Imposter Scam: In general, it's best not to click on links that come in unsolicited emails. Here are some more ways to spot someone posing as a government agency. Don't trust a name or number. Con artists use official-sounding names or mask their area codes to make you trust them. Don't fall for it.Be wary if you are being asked to act immediately: Scammers typically try to push you into action before you have had time to think. Always be wary of emails urging you to act immediately or face a consequence. Don't wire money or use a prepaid debit card: Scammers often pressure people into wiring money or putting cash on a prepaid debit card. Why? It's like sending cash: once it's gone, you can't trace it or get it back. But government agencies do not typically ask for money using these forms of payment, so consider that a "red flag."Watch for typos, strange phrasing and bad grammar. Scammers can easily copy a government seal, but awkward wording and poor grammar are typically a give away that the message is a scam. When in doubt, contact the agency yourself. If you're not sure whether an email is real, you can always look up a phone number yourself and contact the court or government agency the email claims to be from.For More InformationLearn more about this scam on the FTC blog and read the FTC's tips for dealing with government impostors. To find out more about other scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper (bbb.org/scam).