SEB Mailbag: Second take on the FBI Nigerian email scam.

Today I received a second variation on the we’re-the-FBI-trying-to-help-you-get-money-for-free email scam. It seems the FBI is a popular organization with the scammers these days. Again I have to note with some amusement that the director of the FBI uses a YahooUK email address. This one takes a much more direct, threatening, and long-winded approach:

From: “Robert S. Mueller, III” (fbioffice88@yahoo.co.uk)
Subject: FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONITARY CRIMES DIVISION
FBI HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
J. EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING
935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535-0001
Website: http://www.fbi.gov
DATE: 03/14/2008

ATTENTION FUND BENEFICIARY,

  THIS IS AN OFFICIAL ADVICE FROM THE FBI FOREIGN REMITTANCE/TELEGRAPHIC DEPT., IT HAS COME TO OUR NOTICE THAT THE C.B.N BANK
NIGERIA DISTRICT HAS RELEASED 10,500,000.00 U.S DOLLARS INTO BANK OF AMERICA IN YOUR NAME AS THE BENEFICIARY, BY INHERITANCE MEANS.

  THE C.B.N BANK NIGERIA KNOWING FULLY WELL THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH FACILITIES TO EFFECT THIS PAYMENT FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM TO YOUR ACCOUNT, USED WHAT WE KNOW AS A SECRET DIPLOMATIC TRANSIT PAYMENT S.T.D.P TO PAY THIS FUND THROUGH WIRE TRANSFER,THEY USED THIS MEANS TO COMPLETE THE PAYMENT.

  THEY ARE STILL, WAITING FOR CONFIRMATION FROM YOU ON THE ALREADY TRANSFERRED FUNDS WHICH WAS MADE IN DIRECT TRANSFER SO THAT THEY CAN DO FINAL CREDITING TO YOUR ACCOUNT. SECRET DIPLOMATIC PAYMENTS ARE NOT MADE UNLESS THE FUNDS ARE RELATED TO TERRORIST ACTIVITIES WHY MUST YOUR PAYMENT BE MADE IN SECRET TRANSFER , IF YOUR TRANSACTION IS LEGITIMATE,IF YOU ARE NOT A TERRORIST, THEN WHY DID YOU NOT RECEIVE THE MONEY DIRECTLY INTO YOUR ACCOUNT,THIS IS A PURE CODED ,MEANS OF PAYMENT?

  RECORDS WHICH WE HAVE HAD WITH THIS METHOD OF PAYMENT IN THE PAST HAS ALWAYS BEEN RELATED TO TERRORIST ACTS, WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO GET INTO TROUBLE AS SOON AS THESE FUNDS REFLECT IN YOUR ACCOUNT IN THE U.S.A, SO IT IS OUR DUTY AS A WORD WIDE COMMISSION TO CORRECT THIS LITTLE PROBLEM BEFORE THIS FUND WILL BE CREDITED INTO YOUR PERSONAL ACCOUNT.

    DUE TO THE INCREASED DIFFICULTY AND UNNECESSARY SCRUTINY BY THE AMERICAN AUTHORITIES WHEN FUNDS COME FROM OUTSIDE OF EUROPE, AND THE MIDDLE EAST, THE F.B.I BANK COMMISSION FOR EUROPE HAS STOPPED THE TRANSFER ON ITS WAY TO DELIVER PAYMENT OF $10,500,000.00 TO DEBIT YOUR RESERVE ACCOUNT AND PAY YOU THROUGH A SECURED DIPLOMATIC TRANSIT ACCOUNT (S.D.T.A). WE GOVERN AND OVERSEES FUNDS TRANSFER FOR THE WORLD BANK AND THE REST OF THE WORLD.

    WE ADVICE YOU CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY,AS THE FUNDS HAVE BEEN STOPPED AND ARE BEING HELD IN OUR CUSTODY ,UNTIL YOU CAN BE ABLE TO PROVIDE US WITH A DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY SEAL OF TRANSFER(DIST) WITHING 3 DAYS FROM THE WORLD LOCAL BANK THAT AUTHORIZE THE TRANSFER FROM WHERE THE FUNDS WAS TRANSFERRED FROM TO CERTIFY THAT THE FUNDS THAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO RECEIVE FROM NIGERIA ARE ANTITERRORIST/DRUG FREE OR WE SHALL HAVE CAUSE TO CROSS AND IMPOUND THE PAYMENT,WE SHALL RELEASE THE FUNDS IMMEEDIATELY WE RECEIVE THIS LEGAL DOCUMENTS .
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  We have decided to contact you directly to acquire the proper verifications and proof from you to show that you are the rightful person to receive this fund, because of the amount involve,we want to make sure is a clean and legal money you are about to receive. Be informed that the fund are now in United State in your name , but right now we have ask the bank not to release the fund to anybody that comes to them , unless we ask them to do so, because we have to carry out our investigations first before releasing the fund to you. Note that the fund is in the BANK OF AMERICA right now, but we have ask them not to credit the fund to you yet, because we need a solid proof and verifications from you before releasing the funds.

  So to this regards you are to re-assure and proof to us that what you are about to receive is a clean money by sending to us FBI Identification Record and also Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer(DIST) to satisfy to us that the money your about to receive is legitimate and real money. You are to forward the documents to us immediately if you have it in your possession, if you don?t have it let us know so that we will direct and inform you where to obtain the document and send to us so that we will ask the bank holding the funds the Bank Of America to go ahead Crediting your account immediately.

  This Documents are to be issued to you from the World Local Bank that Authorized the transfer, so get back to us immediately if you don?t have the document so that we will inform you the particular place to obtain the document in United Kingdom U.K, because we have come to realize that the fund was Authorized by H.S.B.C Bank in London.

  An FBI Identification Record and Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer(DIST) often referred to as a Criminal History Record or Rap Sheet, is a listing of certain information taken from fingerprint submissions retained by the FBI in connection with arrests and, in some instances, federal employment, naturalization, or military service.

THESE CONDITION IS VALID UNTIL 18TH OF MARCH 2008 AFTER WE SHALL TAKE ACTIONS ON CANCELLING THE PAYMENT AND THEN CHARGE YOU FOR ILLEGALLY MOVING FUNDS OUT OF NIGERIA .

GURANTEE: FUNDS WILL BE RELEASED ON CONFIRMATION OF THE DOCUMENT.

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FINAL INSTRUCTION:

60F CREDIT PAYMENT INSTRUCTION: IRREVOCABLE CREDIT GUARANTEE
61E BENEFICIARY HAS FULL POWER WHEN VALIDATION IS CLEARED
62 BENNEFICIARIES BANK IN U.S.A., CAN ONLY RELEASE FUNDS-
62 UPON CONFIRMATION FROM THE WORLD BANK/UNITED NATIONS.
64 BEARERS MUST CLEAR BANK PROTOCOL AND VALIDATION REQUEST
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NOTE: We have asked for the above documents to make available the most complete and up-to date records possible for the enhancement of public safety, welfare and security of Society while recognizing the importance of individual privacy rights.. If you fail to provide the Documents to us, we will charge you with the FBI and take our proper action against you for not proofing to us the legitimate of the fund you are about to receive.

The United States Department of Justice Order 556-73 establishes rules and regulations for the subject of an FBI Identification Record to obtain a copy of his or her own Record for review. The FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division processes these requests to check illegal activities in U.S.A.

  An individual may request a copy of his or her own FBI Identification Record for personal review or to challenge information on the Record. Other reasons an individual may request a copy of his or her own Identification Record may include international adoption or to satisfy a requirement to live or work in a foreign country or receive funds from another country (i.e., Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer, letter of good conduct, criminal history background, etc.)

                              FBI Director
                          Robert S. Mueller, III

That’s some funny shit right there. Still I have to wonder how many people fall for it. Probably more than I’d think.

SEB Mailbag: Interesting twist on the old Nigerian Email Scam.

The two email addresses I have through my websites, one associated with the SEB domain and one with Jenkins Online, attract a lot of spam and scam email every day. The ubiquitous Nigerian scam in all it’s myriad forms shows up almost daily and often on both email accounts within moments of each other, but today I got a new one I’ve never seen before. It purports to be from the FBI offering to help me to secure my inheritance from someone somewhere in Africa:

From: “FBI” (jschening@fulbright.com)
Subject: INHERITANCE CLAIM ADVICE FROM FBI

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI. WASHINGTON DC.

FBI SEEKING TO WIRETAP INTERNET

Dear Beneficiary,

During our recent investigations we found out that your inheritance transaction which originated from African is real and we advice that you go ahead by providing us with the required information so that we can work between you and Africa to make sure that as an American citizen that your entitlement is released to you without further delay.

Why we must be involved directly is that since the transaction is real, we must not allow the fraudulent activities of the African officials to affect you, so we are going to monitor all the procedures to the end and we will always advice you accordingly as we will not allow you to deal with the African offices directly. Every information that they need to pass across to you must be first received by the FBI before reaching you. This is to make sure that you do not loose a dollar carelessly.
You have to stop further dealings with any other office outside our office.

Fund Release Application Form

Reconfirm Your Information:
Name: ______________________________________________________________________

Marital Status: ____________________________________________________

Occupation: ______________________________________________________

MailingAddress: _________________________________________________________
___________________________

City: ________________________________________State:
______________________________Zip: ____________

Phone: __________________________Fax: ____________________________

Email:________________________________

Cell Phone: __________________________

By providing these information means that you have agreed to meet up all the required obligations as will be directed by the FBI concerning your fund transfer.

Long live America, long live her citizens.

ROBERT MUELLER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI

Aside from the simple fact that the email address associated with this email doesn’t even come from a known FBI domain name — which would most likely be fbi.gov — the fact that whoever wrote it has a shaky grasp of English grammar is probably a big warning flag that this isn’t legit.

What I found fascinating is how it appears they’re trying to hustle someone else’s hustle. Consider that it assumes you’ve already received an email claiming you’re due an inheritance from someone in Africa and here the FBI is now telling you it’s not a scam at all, but you must let the FBI handle the transaction for you. In short they’re trying to steal someone else’s scam by convincing you to deal with them instead of the original scammers.

The actual routine will be the same. They’ll try to weasel as much personal information out of you that they can perhaps in hopes of getting hold of a bank account number or credit card or some other means of stealing your ID and, failing at that, they’ll tell you to send them money to cover various legal costs involved in getting the transaction completed and they’ll milk you for as long as they can.

Some of you people out there will actually be stupid enough to fall for it too because you lack the critical thinking skills that should have red flags popping up all over the landscape as soon as you saw the email.