Scammers are afoot…

Today I received an email, from the FBI… scary right.  I can’t believe people are still thinking that they can get away with these types of scams.  Yes, you can say, that some people must be responding to these emails otherwise why would they keep on trying.

I do work in IT, it is main source of income, but I think, when I see these emails, anyone (and I don’t mean to offend any of my readers), with any sense of common-sense, would realize that it is a complete fabrication of facts that are completely untrue.

So lets take a look at the email I received today, and I will dissect each part to demonstrate to you how it is a scam – First clue is to take a look at the To in the email header – Undisclosed recipients, if it was really meant for you, they would use your real email address here:

From:     F.B.I WASHINGTON D.C <fbidirectoroffice@fbi.gov>
Subject:     F.B.I -WE NEED A RESPONSE URGENTLY
Date:     November 23, 2012 5:44:41 PM GMT
To:     Undisclosed recipients:;
Reply-To:     fbidirectoroffice@superposta.com

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
Ref: FBI/DC/25/113/13/2012
https://www.fbi.gov

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.

Note

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

Name………………………………………………….
Address………………………………………………..
Sex………………………………………………………
Contact number………………………………………..
Country of origin of funds……………………………..

Yours Faithfully

SPECIAL AGENT  JUKE  WILLIAMS
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)

LEGAL NOTICE:
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.

AVISO LEGAL:
Salvo que se indique lo contrario, este mensaje es confidencial y puede ser privilegiada. Se pretende a su destinatario (s)solamente. El acceso a este e-mail por cualquier otra persona no estб autorizado. Si usted no es un destinatario, cualquier divulgaciуn o copia de lacontenidos ni de cualquier acciуn realizada (o no) en la dependencia en que no estб autorizado y puede ser ilegal. Si no son unadestinatario, por favor notifique al remitente de inmediato
 

Firstly, like any of the emails or telephone calls that I have received over the years that are clearly an attempt at separating me from my hard-earned cash (and believe me there isn’t much of it).  If you are going to do this,

Do Your Research!

If this particular email had in fact come from the FBI, why would they be contacting someone in the UK.  Even if they did, they would not need me to provide them with My Name, My Address, My Gender, or My Contact Number, they would know this already and address the email specifically to me (if the FBI would even contact anyone by email in this manner).

Apart from the facts in the email being incorrect, the email is so badly written, the spelling and grammar are terrible – I mean, that’s got to be a clue… my spelling and grammar is not the best, but at least I can string a sentence together… just.

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
Ref: FBI/DC/25/113/13/2012
https://www.fbi.gov

A quick search of the FBI Website, I am not able to locate any reference to the Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division, and I think it is highly unlikely they would be in the Headquarters of the FBI.  Also the contact details for FBI Headquarters does not mention anything about the J.Edgar Hoover Building… I am not American and I am sure it is correct, but this is not in the contact details.

Here is a list of key FBI Headquarters Departments…

– Criminal Justice Information Services
– Critical Incident Response Group
– Directorate of Intelligence
– FBI Laboratory
– Information Technology
– National Security Branch
– Office of Law Enforcement Coordination
– Operational Technology Division
– Science and Technology Branch
– Training Academy
– Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate

Don’t see the Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division, Do you?

Lets take the first paragraph:

…We have been informed through our global intelligence monitoring network that a 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…

Clue 01: I have never been to Africa, nor do I have any relatives that have been to Africa or live in Africa, so why would a bank release such a large amount of money in my name…?

Check on these details, to see if it is likely that you would know someone that would have this amount of cash available and have contact with your family.

Second paragraph:

…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….

Clue 02: It is subtle, but in this paragraph, they mention that “the bank does not have enough facilities to make this payment…” – then how have they been able to release such a large amount of money?

Use Google to search for terms like ‘Secret Diplomatic Transit Payment’ and you will see every reference to it around the Internet and it appears on several sites pointing to emails very similar to this.

Third Paragraph:

…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…

Clue 03: The grammar is terrible, the language that is used is not the best… I know it is subtle at best.  They have started a new paragraph without leaving a space and start without a capital letter.  I would think that if the FBI was to send out an email, they would be able to spell and get the grammar right.  “…we advice you to contact us immediately…” should that not be ‘We advise you…’

What is a ‘dist certificate’ … I am assuming this refers to a Distribution Certificate? maybe I am wrong, but if it is, then any normal person would write it out exactly how I have just done.  Normally a Distribution Certificate refers to a certificate of authentication for a piece of software, similar to that of iOS Applications on the iPhone.

“…or we shall have cause to impound the payment and subsequently prosecute you for cross border terrorist financial activites…’ – Activities is spelt incorrectly.  If this was a genuine reason, then it is more likely that the local law enforcement would investigate and not send an email.

Many of these emails will use tactics like ‘…and subsequently prosecute you for cross border terrorist financial activities…’ to scare you, take no notice of it…

 
Fourth Paragraph:

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.

Again who starts a brand new paragraph with a lowercase letter, it is normal practice for writing the English language in both the UK and the U.S. (if this is where it came from).

Clue 04: “…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 county…” RED FLAG!!! – Who would write this on an official email from the Federal Bureau of Investigations… I know American’s (and I don’t mean any disrespect, because America is one great country and would love to live there), consider their country to be the best in the world, but on official documents I think it is unlikely that they would say this.

“…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…” – it does not make any sense what so ever… At no point has this email mentioned a legal document that must be returned that includes the their official logo and emblem, plus there was nothing attached to complete… Which you should NEVER open if there was anything attached!!!

Fifth Paragraph:

Note

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.

Clue 05: “…Be informed that the funds are now with a top bank in the united state…” – I understand the reason not to mention the particular bank that the funds are supposedly in, but if you are genuinely attached to this great country, you would know how to name it correctly, surely… ‘united state’ – It is the ‘United States of America’ my friends.

They keep changing from calling it the ‘fund’ and the ‘funds’ – which is it?

“…we have asked the bank not to release the fund to anybody that comes to them…” – How is someone going to come to them if they don’t know my details, and the actual bank in which the funds reside?

Sixth Paragraph:

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.

Again, starting a new paragraph with a lowercase letter.

Clue 06: At no point has this email told me how I am supposed to get this so called ‘dist certificate’, so how am I supposed to forward my dist certificate to them immediately.  Granted, they have said I should get in touch if I don’t have one.  Again they are threatening to prosecute me, they don’t know who I am, because I didn’t provide any information… yet… (not a chance).

Finally:

Finally if you truly want to receive this funds without F.B.I troubles then reconfirm the following below

Name………………………………………………….
Address………………………………………………..
Sex………………………………………………………
Contact number………………………………………..
Country of origin of funds……………………………..

Yours Faithfully

SPECIAL AGENT  JUKE  WILLIAMS
FOR  FBI DIRECTOR
MR. ROBERT S. MUELLER.

Again, at no point have you referred to me by name.  The biggest clue is in this paragraph: “…Finally if you truly want to receive this funds without F.B.I troubles then reconfirm…” apart from the grammar, it is referring to itself separate from the FBI!

Use Google once again and Google the name at the bottom of the email ‘Special Agent Juke Williams’ brings up about 725,000 hits, and most of which are referring to scam emails.  A Google search of Mr Robert S Muller, gives me the details about Mr Robert S Muller III the current Director of the FBI since 2001… but you could at least use a more recent photograph of him to be a little more believable.

One received in the email is left, and the one shown on the ‘Real FBI Website’ is to the right.  It would also help if you used his real name, too.

 

 

 

I, like many of you, would love to get my hands on $10.500, 000.00 but not this way.

If you receive these types of emails, do a quick Google search of the details, but NEVER Reply to these emails.!!! JUST DELETE!!!

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