The Latest Nigerian FBI Scam
I was so fascinated by this email I had to share it. This was snatched up by our mail server SPAM filter and it piqued my interest enough to open it up and read the whole thing (at the server level – not on my computer).
These are the kinds of things that can either cost you a lot of money or wreck your computer with a malicious attachment, so having server-based SPAM filtering is vital these days.
The big clues are the lack of legitimate reply-to address, Dallas / Fort Worth improperly spelled and various grammatical errors throughout. Oh – and the word “Nigeria” anywhere in a message. I have enhanced the obvious errors for your edification and amusement.
Here it is in all its glory:
From: Agent Donald W. Freese <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2015 17:24:27 +0100
Subject: FROM FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI)
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Intelligence Field Unit Dallas Fortworth
International Airport, Texas.
I am Assistant Special Agent Incharge Donald W. Freese from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Intelligence Field Unit, we Intercepted two consignment boxes at Dallas Fortworth International Airport, Texas, the boxes were scanned but found out that it contained large sum of money and also some backup documents which bears your name as the Beneficiary/Receiver of the money, Investigation carried out on the diplomat that accompanied the boxes into the United States, said that he was to deliver the fund to your residence as overdue payment owed to you by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the security company in the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, we cross check all legal documents in the boxes but we found out that your consignment was lacking an important document and we cannot release the boxes to the diplomat until the document is found, right now we have no other choice than to confiscated your consignment.
According to Internal Revenue Code (IRC) in Title 26 also contain reporting requirement on a Form 8300, Report of Cash Payment Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business, money laundering activity may violate 18 USC 1956, 18 USC 1957, 18 USC 1960, and provision of Title 31, and 26 USC 6050I of the United States Code (USC), this section will discuss only those money laundering and currency violation under the jurisdiction of IRS, your consignment lacks proof of ownership certificate from the joint team of IRS and IRC, therefore you need to reply back immediately for direction on how to procure this certificate to enable us relieved the charge of evading the law on you, which is a punishable offense in the United States.
You are required to reply back within 72hours for normalization and release of your consignment boxes for onward delivery to your address, also you are instructed to desist from further contact with any bank(s) or person(s) in Nigeria or the United kingdom or any part of the world regarding your payment because your consignment has been confiscated by the Federal Bureau here in the United States.
Yours In Service,
Agent Donald W. Freese
Assistant Special Agent Incharge
FBI- Dallas Area Division
(I really should have highlighted the entirety of this message…)