I was out of town on business for a few days and come back to find this email from the "FBI" (cough, cough).
There are a couple parts to this that I found amusing and thought I should share. First off, we've debunked this whole FBI has money for you from overseas and you're at risk if you don't give them personal information to claim it. Life doesn't work that way.
However, there are a couple lines here which amused me and you all know that I love clever word choices from my spammers/scammers and enjoy highlighting creativity. So, in their note to me, the writer states, "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."
Are there better words for criminals than "miscreants, hoodlums and touts?" That's just good stuff. Any time you can use "tout" in context is a good time.
Also, I really got a kick out of the ccs at the end of the email to show me how serious a correspondence this is. Specifically, I'm pleased that this email was also sent to the "international organization of serious commissions (IOSCO)" because, let's be honest, the world is in need of "serious commissions," right?
One other quick note: while the sender's address is listed as this: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you hit reply, it comes out as this: email@example.com.
Certainly, not as official and yet another reason this is bogus. We should contact that International Organization of Serious Commissions to investigate.
Just hit delete.
From: FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 6:05 AM
Subject: F.B.I-VERY URGENT RESPONSE NEEDED
DO NOT PRINT /FORWARD THIS MAIL ITS AGAINST THE LAW
This e-mail, including any attachments, is covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 10 U.S.C. 2510-2521
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
Your attention is needed immediately.
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
We sincerely apologize for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail instead of a certified mail, phone call or a face-to-face conversation,We will also send you a certified email later it is due to the urgency and importance of the security information needed. To checkmate financial recklessness, illegal gambling, racketeering and considering the effect of the global financial crisis rocking the United States, our government with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I) Washington, DC and the internet crime complaint center (ic3),alongside the CIA signed an agreement with U.K police for an immediate release of all overdue funds presently logged in their treasury and to ensure it is disbursed to the rightful beneficiaries in all parts of the world. If you the beneficiary would adhere to our instruction it will help you receive your payment immediately
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.d.t.p) method to make the payment. direct transfers are difficult and secret diplomatic transit payment (s.d.t.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 advise 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.