If you've missed the news the last few days, you might not know that a series of meetings with the United Nations have wrapped up to ensure I get $8.5 million that corrupt foreign leaders have been keeping from me and using for their own personal gain.
I read nearly a dozen papers every day on line and am immersed in a news organization and yet, I missed that major piece of news. Apparently, I've been too caught up in following Justin Bieber's travails to know.
So, you can imagine my joy in receiving the below email from Mrs. Jennet Cobra who apparently works at the FBI's Cyber Crime division even though her email address goes to some guy named Henry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Well, "Mrs. Cobra" says for a mere $255 fee, negotiated down from $585 thanks to a deal they've cut with the DHL shipping company, I can either have a check issued to me or a special ATM card, within 48 hours.
Oh, they want some personal information as well.
I'm not sure how the FBI works with the United Nations and Interpol (the international crime fighting organization), but I feel safe and secure in the knowledge that Mrs. Jennet Cobra will take care of me. However, as she writes, "Note: before your parcel can be delivered to you are going to pay the sum of $255."
What always gets lost in these types of scams is the fundamental premise that somehow the recipient thinks they deserved or they've earned the money in the first place. I have absolutely no idea why someone would reach out to me blindly to offer me $8.5 million. Unless I've been morphed into a game of Monopoly on steroids and I own Park Place and Boardwalk and everyone keeps landing on my properties, I will never see that kind of money.
I'm going to just hit delete and I'd suggest you do the same.
From: Mrs Jennet cobra [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2014 3:05 AM
Subject: YOUR FUNDS PAYMENT APPROVAL
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Counter-terrorism Division and Cyber Crime Division
J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington DC
Series of meetings have been held over the past 7 months with the secretary general of the United Nations Organization. This ended 3 days ago. It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is to the tune of $8.5,000.000.00 due to past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of your fund.
The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations and Federal Bureau of Investigation have successfully passed a mandate to the current president of Nigeria his Excellency President Good luck Jonathan to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive their Contract Sum, Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes. Now how would you like to receive your payment? Because we have two method of payment which is by Check or by ATM card?
ATM Card: We will be issuing you a custom pin based ATM card which you will use to withdraw up to $3,000 per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it and the card have to be renewed in 4 years time which is 2016. Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your local bank account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it. Even if you do not have a bank account.
Check: To be deposited in your bank for it to be cleared within three working days. Your payment would be sent to you via any of your preferred option and would be mailed to you via DHL Delivery Company. Because we have signed a contract with DHL Delivery Company which should expire by the 28 of this month, you will only need to pay $255 instead of $585 saving you $230 So if you pay before the end of this month you save $230 Take note that anyone asking you for some kind of money above the usual fee is definitely a fraudsters and you will have to stop communication with every other person if you have been in contact with any. Also remember that all you will ever have to spend is $255.00 nothing more! Nothing less! And we guarantee the receipt of your fund to be successfully delivered to you within the next 48hours after the receipt of payment has been confirmed.
Note: Everything has been taken care of by the Federal Government of Nigeria, The United Nation and also the FBI and including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you will ever need to pay is $255.
Note: before your parcel can be delivered to you are going to pay the sum of $255
DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ANYONE UNTIL YOU READ THIS: The actual fees for shipping your ATM card is $585 but because DHL Delivery Company have temporarily discontinued the C.O.D which gives you the chance to pay when package is delivered for international shipping We had to sign contract with them for bulk shipping which makes the fees reduce from the actual fee of $585 to $255 nothing more and no hidden fees of any sort!
To effect the release of your fund valued at $8.5,000.000.00 you are advised to contact our correspondent in Africa the delivery officer Mr. John Carter with the information below,
Name: Mr. John Carter