Looks like the warnings about internet scams are having an effect and scammers are getting a little desperate. Their promises of easy money from total strangers must be falling on deaf ears these days so they are trying another avenue.
I got an email claiming to be from the FBI yesterday. It seems I have been investigated and my current attempts to claim my eleven million dollar inheritance is illegal as the people I am dealing with are imposters. They are ordering me to collect directly from their fake FBI contact.
They actually have the hide to say that, since they are claiming to be from the FBI, I can rest assured the scam is “100% risk free” and all they want is 110 dollars for an approval slip.
Too bad for them I am an honest person who would never try to claim money that doesn’t belong to me.
Too bad for them I am also an Australian citizen and the FBI are nothing more than characters in American drama’s to me. Even if I really was doing something illegal the FBI couldn’t do anything about it apart from report me to Australian authorities. I very much doubt the FBI would have heard of me let alone be interested in ensuring I collect eleven million USD from the right person.
I very much doubt the American government would like the idea of eleven million US dollars leaving America for that matter!
It’s times like this I give thanks for the fact I am a pessimist!
Drop five dollar notes around town with no identifying information and see how many of them find their way back to you or to the nearest police station.
Try it with a fifty or hundred dollar note or a wad of notes. Try adding an email address to the dropped notes. Try anything you like. Even money left in wallets containing the full name and address of the owner seldom finds its way home so what chance would millions of dollars have of escaping the greedy clutches of the people who learned it was up for grabs?
I doubt even the FBI director would be able to resist creating a fake account to get ownership of such a fortune. If he got caught he’d have eleven million dollars to buy lawyers who could help him keep it!
These people don’t even know my name so how can they be addressing me? They address me as “Beneficiary” because they hope I will be blinded by the promise contained in that word.
I sincerely hope this scam doesn’t get them anything but trouble!
If you get the following email some day hang on to your 110 dollars and forward the email to the real FBI for follow up!
FBI Director Robert S.Mueller?
From: FBI Director Robert S.Mueller (email@example.com)
Sent: Thursday, 8 January 2009 7:16:06 AM
This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly Investigated with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you are having an illegal Transaction with Impostors claiming to be Prof. Charles C. Soludo of the Central Bank Of Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Aziza, Mr Frank Nweke, none officials of Oceanic Bank, Zenith Banks, kelvin Young of HSBC,Ben of Fedex,Ibrahim Sule,Larry Christopher, Puppy Scammers are impostors claiming to be the Federal Bureau Of Investigation. During our Investigation, we noticed that the reason why you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfilled your Financial Obligation given to you in respect of your Contract/Inheritance Payment.
Therefore, we have contacted the Federal Ministry Of Finance on your behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by cordinating your payment in total USD$11,000.000.00 in an ATM CARD which you can use to withdraw money from any ATM MACHINE CENTER anywhere in the world with a maximum of $4000 to $5000 United States Dollars daily. You now have the lawful right to claim your fund in an ATM CARD.
Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in this transaction, you have to be rest assured for this is 100% risk free it is our duty to protect the American Citizens. All I want you to do is to contact the ATM CARD CENTER via email for their requirements to proceed and procure your Approval Slip on your behalf which will cost you $110.00 only and note that your Approval Slip which contains details of the agent who will process your transaction.
NAME: Kelvin Williams
Do contact Mr. Kelvin Williams of the ATM CARD CENTRE with your details:
So your files would be updated after which he will send the payment informations which you’ll use in making payment of $110.00 via Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram Transfer for the procurement of your Approval Slip after which the delivery of your ATM CARD will be effected to your designated home address without any further delay.
We order you get back to this office after you have contacted the ATM SWIFT CARD CENTER and we do await your response so we can move on with our Investigation and make sure your ATM SWIFT CARD gets to you.
Thanks and hope to read from you soon.
FBI Director Robert S.Mueller III.
Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possesion of your ATM CARD, you are hereby adviced only to be in contact with Mr. Kelvin Williams of the ATM CARD CENTRE who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation.
What a load of codswallop! Come on email harvesters – flood this creep with spam!