419 FBI Monitoring Scam
PLEASE NOTE: The persons, companies or organisations mentioned in the example(s) below are not responsible for these e-mail scams. Organisations and individuals, pretending to act on behalf of these institutions/persons, initiate these scams and abuse the reputable names of these well-known institutions/persons, to add a false sense of security to these fraudulent e-mails. Also note that some scammers act on behalf of certain organisations that do not even exist.
Date: 16 October 2006
Subject: FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI.WASHINGTON D.C
ROBERT MUELLER III
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI.WASHINGTON DC.
FBI SEEKING TO WIRETAP INTERNET
We believe this notification meet you in a very good present state of mind and health.The Federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington, D.C in conjunction with some other relevant Investigations Agencies here in the United states of
America have recently been informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that you presently have a transaction going on with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as regard to your over-due contract payment which was fully endorsed in your
It might interest you to know that we have taken out time in screening through this project as stipulated on our protocol of operation and have finally confirmed that your contract payment is 100% genuine and hitch free from all facet and of which you have the lawful right to claim your fund without any further delay. Having said all this, we will further advise that you go ahead in dealing with the Central Bank office accordingly as we will be monitoring all their services with you as well as your correspondence at all level.
In addition, also be informed that we recently had a meeting with the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, in the person of Prof. [DELETED] and Mr. [DELETED] along with some of the top officials of the ministry regarding your case and they made us to understand that your file has been held in abase depending on when you personally come for the claim. They also told us that the only problem they are facing right now is that some unscrupulous element are using this project as an avenue to scam innocent people off their hard earned money by impersonating the Executive Governor and the Central Bank office.
We were also made to understand that a lady with name Mrs. [DELETED] from OHIO has already contacted them and also presented to them all the necessary documentations evidencing your claim purported to have been signed personally by you prior to the release of your contract fund valued at about US$8,000,000.00 (Eight million united states dollars), but the Central Bank office did the wise thing by insisting on hearing from you personally before they go ahead on wiring your fund to the Bank informations which was forwarded to them by the above named Lady so that the main reason why they contacted us so as to assist them in making the investigations.
We was further informed that we should warn our dear citizens who must have been informed of the contract payment which was awarded to them from the Central Bank of Nigeria, to be very careful prior to this irregularities so that they don't fall victim to this ugly circumstance. And should in case you are already dealing with anybody or office claiming to be from the Central Bank of Nigeria, you are further advised to STOP further contact with them in your best interest and then contact immediately the real office of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) only with the below informations accordingly:
NAME: PROF. [DELETED]
OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria, Central Business District,
Cadastral Zone, Abuja, Federal Capital
In your best interest, any message that doesn't come from the above official email address and phone number should not be replied to and should be disregarded accordingly for security reasons. Meanwhile, we will advise that you contact the Central Bank office immediately with the above email address and request that they attend to your payment file as directed, so as to enable you receive your contract fund accordingly.
Ensure you follow all their procedure as may be required by them as that will further help hasten up the whole procedures as regard to the transfer of your fund to you as designated. Also have in mind that the Central Bank of Nigeria equally have their own protocol of operation as stipulated on their banking terms, so delay could be very dangerous. Once again, we will advise that you contact them with the above email address and make sure you forward to them all the necessary informations which they may require from you prior to the release of your fund to you accordingly.
All modalities has already been worked out even before you were contacted and note that we will be monitoring all your dealings with them as you proceed so you don't have anything to worry about. All we require from you henceforth is an update so as to enable us be on track with you and the Central Bank of Nigeria. Without wasting much time, will want you to contact them immediately with the above email address so as to enable them attend to your case accordingly without any further delay as time is already running out.
Should in case you need any more informations in regard to this notification, feel free to get back to us so that we can brief you more as we are here to guide you during and after this project has been completely perfected and you have
received your contract fund as stated.
Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation in advance as we earnestly await your urgent response to this matter.
Robert S. Mueller III
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.
"And should in case you are already dealing with anybody or office claiming to be from the Central Bank of Nigeria, you are further advised to STOP further contact with them in your best interest and then contact immediately the real office of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) only with the below informations accordingly..."
This is actually one scammer stealing another scammer's victims.
Date: 1 September 2006
From: FEDRAL BEREAU INVESTIGATION FBI WASHINGTON DC <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: FEDRAL BEREAU INVESTIGATION FBI WASHINGTION DC
Joseph Persichini, Jr
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI
THIS IS TO BRING TO YOUR NOTICE THAT WE THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) HAVE BEEN CONTACTED BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA TO COMMENCE WORK THROUGH OUR INTELLIGENCE MONITORING NETWORK TO MONITOR THE ON GOING TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THE (INTERNATIONAL CREDIT SETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA.) AND MANY OTHER FOREIGN CONTRACTORS,
WE HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE OUT STANDING PART PAYMENT WHICH IS SET AND READY TO BE PAID TO ALL THE BENEFICIARIES AND INHERITORS IS MADE TO THEM COMPLETELY THROUGH ATM CARD PAYMENT BY DR [DELETED] THE DIRECTOR SWIFT ATM CARD PAYMEN,
SEQUEL TO THIS DEVELOPMENT,YOUR INFORMATION APPEARED AS ONE OF THE CONTRACTORS IN OUR RECORD TO RECEIVED THEIR PART PAYMENT.
THEREFORE,WE THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) WASHINGTON DC IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION (EFCC) HAVE SCREAMED AND FOUND OUT THAT THE TRANSACTION YOU HAVE WITH THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS INTERNATIONAL CREDIT SETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT) CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA IS NOTING BUT LEGAL.
YOU HAVE THE LAWFUL RIGHT TO CLAIM YOUR PART PAYMENT AS .WE ADVICE YOU TO GO AHEAD AND DEAL WITH THEM FOR WE ARE MONITORING ALL THEIR SERVICES WITH THE NIGERIA EFCC.
YOU SHOULD STRICTLY FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES OF THIS DEPARTMENT BECAUSE AS A DEPARTMENT ,THEY HAVE THEIR OWN LEGAL PROCEDURES WHICH WE HAVE EXAMINED AND CONFIRMED LEGAL .
IN RESPECT TO THIS, FOLLOW THEIR INSTRUCTION WHILE YOU KEEP US UPDATED FOR MORE DETAILS.
WE WILL LIKE YOU TO KEEP US UPDATED SO FAR AS WE KEEP OPEN COMMUNICATION WITH THIS DEPARTMENTS OFFICIALS.
BE AWEAR THAT THE DIRECTOR OPERATIONS OF THIS DEPARTMENT IS NO OTHER PERSON THAN [DELETED] FOR YOUR INFORMATION.
REPLY THIS MAIL AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE THIS MAIL.
THANKS FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION.
Robert S. Mueller,
Private E-mail: [DELETED]@yahoo.co.uk
The scammers actually addressed the victim by name, but used the first part of the victim's e-mail address as his/her name. Luckily the victim chose a nickname and not his/her real name when he/she opened an e-mail account. Read our article Choose Your E-mail Address Carefully, for tips on choosing an e-mail address that will help you stay anonymous to online scammers.
"THEREFORE,WE THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) WASHINGTON DC IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION (EFCC) HAVE SCREAMED..."
Can you believe the language used in this e-mail? Do you really think the FBI will make so many spelling and grammatical errors? Will the FBI type their e-mails all in capital letters? Will the FBI send an e-mail from an FBI e-mail address, but ask you to reply to a Yahoo! e-mail address? Will the FBI have misspelled words in their e-mail addresses? Is there any reason why the FBI would want to use an e-mail address starting with "fbi_investigation"? Will the FBI director provide his private e-mail address to the public? The answer to all these questions is NO!
"YOU SHOULD STRICTLY FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES OF THIS DEPARTMENT BECAUSE AS A DEPARTMENT ,THEY HAVE THEIR OWN LEGAL PROCEDURES WHICH WE HAVE EXAMINED AND CONFIRMED LEGAL ."
What a lame attempt to steal people's money. Use the FBI to make a money laundering scam look legitimate. How lame can you get?
Anyone can download photos and images of FBI offices and the FBI Director from the Internet, so don't be fooled by images included in this e-mail. The FBI will not send e-mails like this, in a case like this you are more likely to receive a visit from one of their agents. Honestly, no one in his/her right state of mind will believe an unconvincing e-mail like this.