Friday, October 31, 2014

Scam Email Using FBI as Cover

Financial Predators attempt clever means of which to scam the innocent out of money.  The FBI investigates email scammers.  Note the boldness, and lack of fear of being traced in order to send such an email.  Sometimes clicking on a link will do nothing but load your computer with an advertising virus that re-directs your links to ads 

repeatedly.  Others seek to convince people that they have won a lottery.  Still some are from "missionary" people who ask you to "adopt" their puppy.  The Nigerian princess scam became well known, but people do fall for these things.  

Federal Bureau of Investigation F B I



Oct 13


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 $2.4million 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

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 world
winde, so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay,
henceforth the stated amount of $2.4million 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 Cotonou, Benin
Republic. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the

(2) Shipping Fee's ( This is the charge for shipping the Cashier's Check to
your home address)

The total amount for everything is $96.00 We have tried our possible best to
indicate that this $96.00 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.Ken Jackson) via e-mail. Kindly look below to find
appropriate contact information:

PHONE NUMBER: +22968505127

You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:


You will also be required to request Western Union or Money Gram details on
how to send the required $96.00  in order to immediately ship your prize of
$2.4million 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 $96.00 ONLY to Mr.Ken Jackson
information in which he shall send to you,

Mr. James Comey
Federal Bureau of Investigation F B I
Yours in Service James Comey,
IDirector Office of Public Affairsa
Welcome once more to FBI


Unknown said...

Thanks for the heads up, peter.

I'm waiting for the Ebola scams to start. Already happening in Europe but the scammers are demanding bitcoins.

Tania Cadogan said...

I read these types of emails and wonder why or how anyone is dumb enough to fall for them.
How can you win a lottery you never entered?

i love that they are reqesting only $96, it is so small compared to the possible winnings that you won't miss it.

i notice also it wants western union or moneygram, neither of which once payment is made can have the payment stopped nor can the collector be traced ( it's like giving said scammer cold hard cash in thwir sticky little paws)

Why would the FBI be involved?
Why would you need their permission to get the money?
What has the IMF (International Monetary Fund) got to do with anything?
it's not an actual bank or fund(The IMF is a self-described "organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world)

Spot the typos and atrocious grammar.
Not adrresssed to the person directly (always friend, beneficiary or other vague identifier)

Why ask for occupation?
all they would need is your name and bank details, unless of course they want the other details in order to pass your details around to other scammers) hehe

I always check the headers of such emails to see where they really came from (click on the email. properties/details/message source and it tells you the address the email was sent from which will not be the one they claim.
phishings ones from banks (usually have dear customer as the greeting) have an address you can send such phishing emails to (google the bak address and search phish or security and follow their instructions to forward it)

Personally i like to sign their email up to all the spam sites , newsletters, etc i can find, or i can forward their details onto groups who like to play with them (always fun)

Never click on a link from any suspicious email, google and access the bank or whatever direct, their links will take you to a fake site.