Email Alert: Fake FBI Warning

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.

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A quick glance of the email (see below) may fool some people, as it includes a photo of Robert Mueller, and even contains an 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 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 protected]” – 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”).

Just because an email includes the official seal of the FBI doesn't mean it actually came from them.

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 [email protected]

The email
From: [email protected]

Ref: FBI/DC/25/113/13/2012

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

Contact number………………………………………..
Country of origin of funds……………………………..

Yours Faithfully


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.

Did you receive an email like this? Let us hear from you in the comments below.

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  • Silvia M.

    I also got this email today. And it’s as same text/words as on this page.

    • Danielle McDougall

      I just received this email… bit from Colleen M. Conyngham

  • volandr

    I also got a 2-letter yesterday and today. This is how the text / words on this page.

  • dzem

    I also got this email today. And it’s as same text/words as on this page.

  • Rex

    I also receive this e-mail, 09.02.2013.

  • Rikki

    Just received the email today, I wonder how many people still fall for these scams

  • starhawk

    I received this today. I’m getting a slight giggle out of it as FBI agent Conyngham is really with the FBI admin division and was awarded the promotion only a week prior to this spam e-mail going out. The badge number: Special Agent Fox Mulder…. Yes, that’s right! From the X-Files LOL.

    • waffles

      Thanks for the comment and good catch on the badge number!

  • lucas

    sou brasileiro e recebi um e-mail desse também.

  • Wimkrsk

    Really fake. Offical reaction on FBI site:

    From Russia.

  • Avadhoot

    Yes I also received an e-mail like this and I was confused thanks for this post for awareness.

  • Juan Carlos Nunez

    I just got the same email, with same text.
    Carlos Nunez
    Best Regards

  • devendra

    I also recieved the mail.

    Thanks for information

  • lizette

    i also recived this email couple of days ago but my laptop is locked they says because of the fbi what should i do that wont come off… i have try turning it off battery off everything and it wont go away :(

  • John

    yep, sure did.

  • jenna

    i to got this email and then i got another a day later warning me this was my second reminder! i thought u must think im stupid!

  • katie

    i got this email today too .. would love it to be true haha

  • Eve

    I too received this email today.

  • polar

    I also got this email today. And it’s as same text/words as on this page.

  • 777

    I recived one letter today.

  • Ray

    I received a similar letter today 13 May 2013, claimed to be sent by Special Agent Ms. Colleen M. Conyngham.


  • Dharma

    I received a similar letter twice on 23 May 2013, claimed to be sent by Special Agent Ms. Colleen M. Conyngham.


  • Swetty

    Dear Whoever posted this

    You have saved me from a nervous breakdown! I have just received such an email, two in face. Only with updated heads of departments, but witht he exact same badge no.! For £10,500. It scared the living *rap out of me! I did respond asking for proof of who they are under present political climate.
    It was only because I happened to tap in the badge no. that this blog came up. Thank you so very very very very much. You will never know how much you have helped, and how many people! God Bless

    • waffles

      Wow – we’re so glad you found us before it went any further! Your comment made our day.

  • Austin

    I received the same exact email. Word for word.Can you ensure that u find who ever is sending this before someone has their identity stolen or worse. cause some people believe in these emails.

  • Mr Bela Almasi

    I also received today a letter with same content from
    Colleen M. Conyngham, (BADGE NUMBER JTT047101111)
    I did not send the requested informations but asked
    to send his ID.

  • Damir Sovic

    Got one these days. Fox Mulder revamped! Fortunately, it was sent directly to the Scam folder, where it belongs.

  • zakaria

    Hello i have just received it the same message with xfiles badge number and i have made a little comment in the ic3 site-web and told them to never do it again if they are the origine of this mail.

    Oh i’m ALGERIAN and Proud to be it.

    yes you can but u’ll never do it FBI. lolll. more than 10m dollars?!!!! who is the stupid man who gave them his coordinates…!!!

  • Tyller

    Umm the one that I got was different there was no prosecution it said to give name number address and origin of birth and they would send me a sum of 10500000.00 and Im from Canada

  • Dom

    got my this morning (3rd times) I am not US citizen, I live in spain, indeed do not have any problem with FBI nor (unfortunately) such an amount of money (legal or not) in any account :)

  • marko virtanen

    yeap, got it too.. a week ago :/ Now i’m scary and waiting for f.b.i to ring my doorbell :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

  • seif zidan

    so i haven’t checked my email for a while i found this today (september 4th 2013) and at first was freaked cuz i never received spam this severe before, so what i did was read the first few lines and ran the badge number online as well if u look at the amount that they give you it says
    $10.500, 000.00
    10.5 and not $10,500, 000.00
    just thought id point that out to help along and help others in the future

    thank you

  • Jolandie Koen

    I had the exact mail today ( 23 September 2013) it said that it came from:
    SPECIAL AGENT (admin division)

    Colleen M. Conyngham

    (BADGE NUMBER JTT047101111)



  • Jean

    Got this exact email today, but from Colleen M. Conyngham. I never laughed so hard, especially as I´m a german citizen with a german email-address…

  • Linda

    Just recived this E-Mail in Norway and wondering if Its possible to Get this money i our local currency?
    Just kidding :-)

  • carmen

    Wondering why I get so many of those msgs!!
    makes me think Carrir or Saul are gonna knock on my door one of these days!

  • myriam

    I received 2 of this e-mail in Italy…

    1. from Special Agent (admin division) Colleen M. Conyngham (badge # JTT047101111) for FBI Director Mr. James Comey;

    2. from Special Agent Juke Williams for FBI Director Mr. Robert S. Mueller

    no attachments….ach..!!! ahahahahah……

  • Andres

    Just received the mail. Strange, as there is no FBI in my country unless the USA president comes to visit us! The mail came twice, one with an extra FINAL REMINDER NOTICE. Spelling mistakes, many; not worth a penny even though they talk about millions of dollars.

  • a smith

    recently received this e-mail people have the nerve to go so low.

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBIFEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI. WASHINGTON DC. FBI SEEKING TO WIRETAP INTERNETFrom Head Department: Dr. Linda Williams and James B. ComeyEmail :([email protected]) Attention: Beneficiary, Due to my position in service I called the Embassy shipping service headquarter of NIGERIA and made a complain to them in regard to your packageand I also told them that I want your package to be shipped to you as soonas possible. I received an update from the Embassy today in regard to your package Iwant you to follow their advice and instruction so that your package canbe shipped to you. They made me understand that the charge fee holdingyour package is $177 only and once the charge fee is paid shipment willcommence that same day. My advice to you now is to go ahead and send the $177 to them I will makesure shipment commences once the charge fee is received by them.Note: MY ADVICE AND INSTRUCTION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THIS TRANSACTION TOCOME TO AN END IMMEDIATELY, YOU NEED TO COMPLY ACCORDINGLY WITH OURDIRECTIVES. Make sure you keep me updated once you receive your package and also letme know once you send the charge fee required so I can also make sureshipment commence that same day. I WANT YOU TO USE THE INFORMATION BELOW TO SEND THE REQUIRED CHARGE FEE.I WILL FORWARD THE CONFIRMATION DETAILS TO HIM AND I WILL MAKE SURESHIPMENT COMMENCE ONCE THEY RECEIVED THE CHARGE FEE. BELOW IS THE PAYMENT INFORMATION OF:………….MR.PAUL MOGAN Dr. Linda Williams and James B. ComeyFederal Bureau of InvestigationJ. Edgar Hoover Building 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington,D.C.2535-0001, USA. SEND THE CHARGE FEE VIA MONEY GRAM OR WESTERN UNION AND I ASSURE YOUSHIPMENT WILL COMMENCE. RECEIVER NAME:MR.PAUL MOGANADDRESS: 4TH AVE.GLASS BUILDING FST.CITY: LAGOSCOUNTRY: NIGERIAZIP CODE: 234TEXT QUESTION::::: WHAT FORANSWER:: :::: SERVICESMTCN:….. Once payment is made get back to me with the payment confirmation detailsrequired below so shipment can commence. And I will forward it forshipment to commence immediately. SENDER NAME:??CONFIRMATION MTCN NUMBER:??SENDER ADDRESS:??AMOUNT SENT??TEXT QUESTION USED??ANSWER USED:??DR. LINDA F.B.I TRANSACTION DEPARTMENT. James B. Comey JrFederal Bureau of InvestigationJ. Edgar Hoover Building935 Pennsylvania Avenue,NW Washington, D.C.20535-0001, USAFBI DirectorJames B. Comey [email protected]==========================================================================CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail message is for the sole use of theintended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privilegedinformation’s or otherwise be protected by law. Any unauthorized review,use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intendedrecipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy allcopies of the original.

  • Aga

    This is just ridiculous. I got this:

    From Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
    Urgent Attention To You.

    We sincerely apologized for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail instead of a certified mail, post-mail, phone or face to face conversation, it is due to the urgency and importance of the security information of our citizenry, i am special agent James Williams from the federal bureau of investigation (fbi) intelligence unit, we have just intercepted and confiscated two (2) trunk box at JFK Airport in New York, and are on the verge of moving it to our bureau head quarters.

    We scanned the said box, and found it contains total sum of $4.1 million and also backup document which bears your name as the receiver of the money contained in the box, investigations carried out on the diplomat which accompanied the box into united states said he was to deliver this funds to your residence as payment due you from the office of federal government of Nigeria as unpaid beneficiary.

    We cross-checked all legal documentation in the box, and were about to release the consignment to the diplomat when we found out that the box was lacking one very important document which makes us confiscate the box.

    According to section 229 subsection 31 of the 1991 constitution in money laundering, your consignment lacks proof of ownership certificate from the joint team of the IRS and Homeland Security, reply for direction on how to procure this certificate which will enable you relieved of the charges of money laundering which is a punishable offense under section 12 subsection 441 of constitution on money laundering.

    You are required to reply this letter within 72hours, or you will be arrested, interrogated and prosecuted in the court of law for money laundering.

    Also, you must not contact any other bank or person in Nigeria or united kingdom or any part of the world for any payment, because your payment have been confiscated by this bureau here in the united states..

    Yours in Service
    Agent James Williams
    Regional Director

  • Sumshee

    Fox Mulder used the referenced Badge Number on one of The X-Files episodes.

  • nisa baca

    I recieved this email recently and dont quite know what to make of it.

    NW WASHINGTON, DC 20535,


    We believe this notification meets you in a very good present state of mind and health. We the Federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington,DC in conjunction with some other relevant Investigation 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 U.S. Department of Treasury as regards to your over-due inheritance payment which was fully endorsed in your favor accordingly.

    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 inheritance payment is 100% genuine and hitch free from all facet and of which you have the lawful right to claim your funds without any further delay. Having said all this, we will further advise that you go ahead in dealing with the U.S. Department of Treasury office accordingly as we will be monitoring all their activities with you as well as your correspondence at all level.

    In addendum, also be informed that we recently had a meeting with the Executive Secretary of the U.S. Department of Treasury, in the person of Jacob Lew 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 a base 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 Secretary and the U.S. Department of Treasury office.

    We were also made to understand that a lady with name Mrs. Joan C. Bailey 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 inheritance fund valued at US$10,700,000.00 (Ten Million Seven Hundred United States Dollars), but the U.S. Department of Treasury office did the wise thing by insisting on hearing from you personally before they go ahead on wiring your funds to the Bank information’s which was forwarded to them by the above named Lady, so that was the main reason why they contacted us so as to assist them in making the investigations.

    To be very careful prior to these irregularities so that you 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 U.S. Department of Treasury, you are advised to STOP further contact with them in your best interest and then contact immediately the real office of the U.S. Department of Treasury only with the below information’s accordingly:

    NAME:  Mr. Jacob Lew
    OFFICE ADDRESS:  U.S. Department of the Treasury
                                        1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
                                        Washington, D.C. 2022.

    Email: [email protected]

    In your best interest, any message that doesn’t come from the above official email address should not be replied to and should be disregarded accordingly for security reasons. Meanwhile, we will advise that you contact the U.S. Department of the Treasury 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 inheritance funds accordingly.

    Ensure you follow all their procedure as may be required by them as that will further help hasten up the whole procedures as regards to the transfer of your funds to you as designated. Also have in mind that the U.S. Department of the Treasury equally have their own protocol of operation as stipulated on their banking terms. Once again, we will advise that you contact them with the above email address and make sure you forward to them all the necessary information which they may require from you prior to the release of your fund to you accordingly. Should in case you need
    any more information in regards 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 inheritance funds as stated.

    Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation in advance as we earnestly await your urgent response to this matter.

    Best Regards,

    NW WASHINGTON, DC 20535.