Did you receive an email claiming to be from the FBI, asking you for personal information along with threats of prosecution? Don't get too worried, as it's just a scam.
A quick glance of the email (see below) may fool some people, as it includes a photo of Robert Mueller, and even contains an fbi.gov return address. The closer you look, however, the more this bogus email falls apart. If you actually reply to the message, it doesn’t go to an FBI email address, but to an address at superposta.com. So why would someone send out such an email? Once these crooks have your personal information, they will begin calling you, asking you to pay a “fine.” This is a variation of a scam that the real FBI warned consumers about earlier this year.
In short, this is the first step of an attempt to extort money from you.
- The FBI has clearly stated that they do not send out such emails, “ if you received an e-mail that claims to be from the FBI Director or other top official, it is most likely a scam.”
- Responding to the email actually sends you to a non-FBI email address: “email@example.com” – which hardly sounds official.
- I can tell you from personal experience that if the FBI wants to talk to you, they’ll show up to your home or business. Email is not their standard form of initiating discussion.
- The FBI would not send out an email full of grammatical and spelling errors. A 12 year old native English speaker probably has better grammar. (“activites” or “this funtds”).
What to do
Your best bet to simply delete the email. You can also file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center here, or forward the message to the Federal Trade Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subject: F.B.I-WE NEED A RESPONSE FROM YOU URGENTLY
ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONETARY CRIMES DIVISION
FBI HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS J.EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING
935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535-0001
Urgent attention needed
We have been informed through our global intelligence monitoring network that the sum of $10.500, 000.00, has been released from a bank in Africa bearing your name as the beneficiary without dist certificate to clear your name and fund from every terrorist or drug or money laundering activities
The bank knowing fully well that they do not have enough facilities to make this payment from any part of the world to your account directly, used what we know as a secret diplomatic transit payment (s.t.d.p) method to make the payment. direct transfers are difficult and secret diplomatic transit payment (s.t.d.p) are not usually made unless the funds are related to terrorist activities and we ask why must your payment be made in a secret transfer if your transaction is legitimate.
We do not want you to get into trouble as soon as these funds reflect in your personal account, so it is our duty as an international agency to correct these little problems before this fund reflects into your personal account.
we advice you to contact us immediately, as your funds have been stopped and are being held in our custody, until you are able to provide us with the dist certificate within 3 days from the country that authorized the transfer to certify that the funds that you are about to receive are terrorist/drug free or we shall have cause to impound the payment and subsequently prosecute you for cross border terrorist financial activites.
based on our findings, our investigative department wish to warn you against some miscreants, hoodlums and touts who go about scamming innocent people by claiming to be who they are not and thereby tarnishing the image of this wonderful country. By sending out fraudulent emails without our official logo and emblem we shall release your funds immediately we receive this legal document and we will ensure that you receive your payment without any further delay.
We decided to contact you directly by email to acquire the proper verifications and proof from you to show that you are the rightful person to receive this fund, because of the huge amount involved. Be informed that the funds are now with a top bank in the united state in your name and under the monitoring/custody of the FBI. At the moment, we have asked the bank not to release the fund to anybody that comes to them, unless we instruct them to do so, and only if we receive the dist certificate this is to enable us carry out a comprehensive investigation first before releasing the fund to you.
hence, you are to forward your dist certificate to us immediately if you have it in your possession, if you do not have it, then let us know so that we will direct you to the appropriate authority to obtain the certificate then you are to send it to our office. And thereafter, we will instruct the bank holding the funds, to go ahead and credit your account immediately. If you fail to provide the documents to this office, we will prosecute you and take appropriate action against you for not proving the legality of the funds.
Finally if you truly want to receive this funds without F.B.I troubles then reconfirm the following below
Country of origin of funds……………………………..
SPECIAL AGENT JUKE WILLIAMS
(BADGE NUMBER JTT047101111)
FOR FBI DIRECTOR
MR. ROBERT S. MUELLER.
cc: general intelligence department (GID)
cc federal bureau of investigation (fFBIi)
cc .internet crime complaint center (ic3)
cc: Asia pacific group on money laundering (APG)
cc: international monetary fund (IMF)
cc: international organization of securities commissions (IOSCO)
cc: international banking security association (IBSA)
cc: world customs organization (WCO)
cc: inter-American development bank (IADB)
cc: national white collar crime center (NW3C)
cc: bureau of justice assistance (BJA)
cc: supreme court of South Africa(SCA)
Unless expressly stated otherwise, this message is confidential and may be privileged. It is intended for the addressee(s) only. Access to this e-mail by anyone else is unauthorized. If you are not an addressee, any disclosure or copying of the contents or any action taken (or not taken) in reliance on it is unauthorized and may be unlawful. If you are not an addressee, please inform the sender immediately.
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