Scammers are wising up to the fact that many potential victims are smarter than they used to be. They’re tweaking their messages in hopes of fooling the smarter folks. They choose business names close to well-known business’ names, use real names of government officials, and use names and spoofed letterheads of government agencies in their approach. One I received today made me giggle more than it annoyed me. Let me know if you respond the same way.
Subject: Spam Federal Bureau of Investigation F B I
Anti-Terrorist And Monetary Crimes Division FBI Headquarter, Washington, D.C. Federal Bureau Of Investigation,Washington, D.C. J.Edgar Hoover Building 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, Nw Washington, D.C. 20535-0001 www.fbi.gov ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY This e-mail has been issued to you in order to Officially inform you that we have completed an investigation on an International Payment in which was issued to you by an International Lottery Company. With the help of our newly developed technology (International Monitoring Network System) we discovered that your e-mail address was automatically selected by an Online Balloting System, this has legally won you the sum of $50 million United State Dollars USD from a Lottery Company outside the United States of America. During our investigation we discovered that your e-mail won the money from an Online Balloting System and we have authorized this winning to be paid to you via INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT. Normally, it will take up to 5 business days for an INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT by your local bank. We have successfully notified this company on your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a registered bank within the worldwinde, so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $50 million United State Dollars USD has been deposited with IMF.We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive the winning prize as we have verified the entire transaction to be Safe and 100% risk free, due to the fact that the funds have been deposited with IMF you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the Lottery Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located in USA, UNITED STATE OF AMERICA. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the following, (1) Deposit Fee's ( IMF INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE ) (2) Shipping Fee's ( This is the charge for shipping the Cashier's Check to your home address) The total amount for everything is $410.00 We have tried our possible best to indicate that this $410.00 should be deducted from your winning prize but we found out that the funds have already been deposited IMF and cannot be accessed by anyone apart from you the winner, therefore you will be required to pay the required fee's to the Agent in-charge of this transaction In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge ( Mr Alfred Dye) via e-mail. Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information: CONTACT AGENT NAME: Mr Alfred Dye E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org You will be required to e-mail him with the following information: FULL NAME: ADDRESS: CITY: STATE: ZIP CODE: DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER: OCCUPATION: You will also be required to request Western Union or Money Gram details on how to send the required $410.00 in order to immediately ship your prize of $50 million USD via INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT from IMF, also include the following transaction code in order for him to immediately identify this transaction : EA2948-910. This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $410.00 ONLY to Mr David Dye via information in which he shall send to you, Mr.James Comey Director Office of Public Affairs Federal Bureau of Investigation F B I Yours in Service,Photograph of Director www.fbi.gov
So many names, so many lies. And holy run-on sentences, Batman! In this scam, the intended beneficiary is required to send money in order to receive money. The victim sends the money and that’s hopefully the end of it. This is the standard inheritance scam with a twist.
So, did it make you giggle or annoy you? Have you received this one or another like it?