Remember yesterday’s mention of fake FBI messages? Well, here’s the latest one to arrive in my spam folder. You would think they would at least try to trick me. :sigh: My notes are italicized.
From: Federal Bureau Investigations (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: GET BACK TO US NOW TO AVOID PROBLEMS (In bold and all caps. It must be serious.)
For your Kind Attention.
This is an official advice from the FBI foreign remittance/telegraphic dept. it has come to our notice that bank of Nigeria has released us$8m to BANK OF AMERICA in your name as the beneficiary, The bank Nigeria knowing fully well that they do not have enough facilities to effect this payment from Nigeria to your account, They used what we know as a “secret diplomatic transit payment” (S.T.D.P) to pay this fund through wire transfer, but this means of transfer can not reflect to your account as this was wrong method of transfer.
So to this regards we are contacting you to provide the proof of this us$8m you are about to receive is a clean money by sending FBI Identification Record and also Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer(DIST) to satisfy that the money you are about to receive is legitimate and real money. You are to forward the documents to us immediately, and if you don’t have it in your possession, do let us know so that we will direct and inform you where to obtain the document and send to us so that we will ask the bank holding your funds to go ahead Crediting your account immediately.
Get back to us immediately if you don’t have the document so that we will inform you the particular place to obtain the document because we have come to realize that the fund was transfer without provision of Identification Record and Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer (DIST) often referred to as a Criminal History Record or Rap Sheet, is a listing of certain information taken from fingerprint submissions retained by the FBI in connection with arrests and, in some instances, federal employment,naturalization, or military service. These conditions is Valid only for few days after we shall take actions on canceling the payment and then charge you for illegally moving funds out of Nigeria.
Get back to us now with requirement.
WARNING: failure to produce the above requirement in the next 72 hours, legal action will be taken immediately by arresting and detaining you, if found guilty, you will be jailed. As terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering is a serious problem in our community today. The F.B.I will not stop at any length in tracking down and prosecuting any criminal who indulge in this criminal act. FORWARD THE DOCUMENT TO US VIA EMAIL ATTACHMENT AS SOON AS YOU OBTAIN IT.
(So I’m threatened with arrest if I don’t send the criminals my personal information. As an attachment. Something the FBI tells people not to do.)
Robert S. Mueller, III
Scams using the name of government agencies are not new. The threats of prosecuting the recipient are fairly new. So they’re going to arrest me, the potential victim, because a scammer made a deposit into my account. Yeah. Have I mentioned that the email was sent to 100+ recipients?
They’re slipping. Scams used to be harder to spot.