Thanks to a blog reader for this yarn. The FBI are hard at work again, protecting me from yet more evil scammers. Last time I was told the villains were “puppy scammers” – imposters with whom I was entering into an illegal transacation. This time I’m told that there is an “unscrupulous element” trying to “scam” people out of their rightful contract payment.
I am firmly instructed to stop dealing with the scammers claiming to represent the Central Bank of Nigeria and contact this set of scammers instead with the contact details given.
Before you fall prey to this scam, ask yourself this question. Did I enter into a contract worth $20m with a company in Nigeria? I’ll give you a second or two to think about your answer.
Time up. If the answer is “no” – then do you seriously expect that someone you don’t know will suddenly give you that amount of money? Of course not.
If the answer is “yes” – well why are you reading this. You certainly won’t be exchanging emails with someone who uses a live.com email address.
Just delete the email and don’t reply.
If you prefer to get your own back on the scammers, install Spam Bully. Highly effective spam filter for Outlook, Windows Mail and Outlook and includes a “get back at the scammers” feature.
From: dammy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: FBI SEEKING TO WIRETAP INTERNET
Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 7:50 AM
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI.WASHINGTON DC.
FBI SEEKING TO WIRETAP INTERNET
We the Federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington, DC in conjunction
with some other relevant security 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 Central Bank
of Nigeria(CBN), regards to your over-due contract payment which was fully
endorsed in your favor accordingly.
It might interest you to know that we have taken our time in screening through
this contract payment notification as stipulated on our protocol of
operation,and have finally confirmed that your contract payment is 100%
genuine and legal with due process of law, and it is as well free from all
illegal activities,which you have the lawful right to claim your fund without
any further delay.Having said all this,we will further advise, that you should
go ahead in dealing with the Central Bank office accordingly as we will be
monitoring all their services accordingly with our intelligent monitoring
network device, and with your cooperation.
furthermore, we want to place this on your notice that we recently had a
meeting with the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, in the
person of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo and Mr. Emakpo Sam Banks along 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 abase 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 Governor and the Central Bank office.
We were also made to understand that a lady with name Mrs. Joan C. Bailey from
OHIO and another person named as Mr. machovina Wachovia who reside in Missouri
as well has already contacted them and also presented to them all the
necessary documentations evidencing your claims, claiming to have been signed
personally by you prior to the release of your contract fund valued at about
US$20,000,000.00 (Twenty million united states dollars), but the Central Bank
office did the wise thing by insisting on hearing from you personally before
they go ahead on wiring your fund to the Bank information which was forwarded
to them by the above mentioned names, the main reason, we the federal bureau
of investigation were contacted by the CBN is to assist them on making some
investigation regards to this issue.
They further informed us that we should inform our citizens, who must have
been informed of the contract payment which was awarded to them from the
Central Bank of Nigeria, to be very careful prior to these irregularities so
that they don’t fall victim to scam. We the FBI are instructing you
personally, that if you were already dealing with anybody or office claiming
to be from the Central Bank of Nigeria, you are further advised to STOP
further contact with them in your best interest and then, contact immediately
the real office of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) only with the below
NAME: PROF. CHUKWUMA SOLUDO (CBN GOVERNOR)
MR. EMAKPO SAM BANKS (FINANCIAL SECRETARY)
OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria
Central Business District,
Cad astral Zone, federal
TEL: 234-702-615-1906Email: email@example.com
In your best interest, any email or fax that doesn’t come from the above
official email address or addresses and phone number should not be replied to
and should be disregarded accordingly for security reasons. Meanwhile, we will
advise you to contact the Central Bank office immediately with the above email
address and requestthat they attend to you payment file as directed so as to
enable you receive your contract fund accordingly. Ensure you follow all their
procedure as required by them in order to hasten Up the effective
procedures,of transferring your funds to you as designated by you. Also have
in mind that the Central Bank of Nigeria equally have their own protocol of
operation as stipulated on their banking realm, so any delay could be very
Once again, we will advise you to contact them with the above email address
and make sure you forward to them all the necessary information which might be
required from you prior to the release of your fund. All modality has already
been worked out even before you were contacted and note, that we will be
monitoring all your dealings with them as you proceed so you don’t have
anything to worry about. All we require from you henceforth is an update so as
to enable us be on track with you and the Central Bank of Nigeria. Without
wasting much time, will want you to contact them immediately with the above
email address so as to enable them attend to your case accordingly without any
further delay as time is already running out.
Should in case you need any more information in regards to this
notification,feel free to get back to us so in order to brief you more,
because we are here to guide you and serve you better during and after this
contract fund has been completely perfected and you have received your
contract fund as stated.
Thanks, for your anticipated cooperation in advance as we earnestly await your
urgent response to this matter.
Robert S. Mueller III
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.