The FBI Phishing SCAM!
From time to time I get some crazy emails telling me that there are oodles and oodles of cash just waiting for me from some bank in Africa, or a former nation of the Soviet Republic with a really important sounding name. All they need from me (and everyone else) is their personal information.
Sadly, there are those that are swept up by these scams and end up getting taken for whatever money they are asked for, or worse they provide private account information and find themselves victims of fraud.
So in my email I find this important notice from the Director of the FBI, Robert Mueller. The perpetrators of the fraud even provide a link to the bio page of Mr Mueller. So, surely the email must be real, right? Sadly the perps in question made a huge mistake. Well it is a huge mistake if you have any common sense and pay attention to the details. It seems that the head of the FBI doesn't have a government email address ending with the .gov suffix. All correspondence is to be sent to a Gmail address. And the fact that every word begins with a capital letter.
So here it is, the letter I received.
ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONEY LAUNDRY CRIMES DIVISION
FBI HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
J. EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING 935
PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON,
ATTENTION FUND BENEFICIARY.
This Is An Official Advice From The FBI, Foreign Remittance/Telegraphic Dept.(FRTD), It Has Come To Our Notice That The ADB (African Development Bank) And C.B.N (Central Bank Of Nigeria) Africa Has Released Your Part Of Inheritance/Contract Payment Of 10,500,000.00 U.S Dollars Into Bank Of America In Your Name As The Beneficiary.
The Bank In Africa Knowing Fully Well That They Do Not Have Enough Facilities To Effect This Payment From Europe To Your Account, Used What We Know As A Secret Diplomatic Transit Payment S.T.D.P To Pay This Fund Through Wire Transfer. They Are Still Waiting For Final Confirmation From You On The Already Transferred Funds, To Enable Them Crediting Into Your Account Accordingly. Secret Diplomatic Transfer Payment Are Normally Funds Related To Drug/Terrorist And Money Laundry System Of Payment, Why Must Your Payment Be Made In Such Secret Transfer, If Your Transaction Is Legitimate And Not Related To Drug/Terrorist And Money Laundry, Why Can't The Bank In Africa Via Europe Effect Direct Transfer Into Your Account Than Secret Diplomatic Payment Transfer.
Due To The Increased Difficulties And Unnecessary Scrutiny By The American Authorities When Funds Come From Through Such Payment Process From Europe, Africa And Middle East, Based On The Records We Had In The Past Always Identified Such Method Of Payment As Drug/ Terrorist/Money Laundry Funds, To Avoid Problem With The Us Government As Soon As These Funds Reflect In Your Account In The U.S.A, It Is Our Mandatory Obligations To Ascertain The Documentation And Certification Of This Funds Before The Final Crediting Into Your Account.
We Advice You Contact Us Immediately, As The Funds Have Been Stopped And Held In Our Custody Pending When You Were Able To Provide Us With A Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer (Dist) Within 3 Days From The United Nation International Fund Monitory Unit (UNIFMU) That Authorize The Transfer And Certified That The Funds Originated From Africa And Middle East Is Free From Terrorist/Drug And Money Laundry Or We Shall Confiscate The Payment. We Will Allow The Funds To Be Release Into Your Account Immediately You Make Provision The Required Document.Kindly get back to this office..
FBI Director ROBERT S. MUELLER III
You Will Be Directed Where And How To Get The Document If It Is Not In Your Possession.
FBI Director ROBERT S. MUELLER III
Maybe everyone should send an email to the wannabe Director of the FBI. Rather than responding that you want to aid in the fight against terrorism, that you are part of a sleeper cell.