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New E-Scams & Warnings
FBI website ^ | Jan.15 2008 | FBI

Posted on 01/15/2008 12:35:14 PM PST by radar101

AN INCREASE IN INTERNET SCHEMES CLAIMING TO BE FROM THE FBI

01/04/08—We have increasingly received reports of fraudulent schemes misrepresenting FBI agents, officials, and/or FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III. The fraudulent e-mails give the appearance of legitimacy due to the usage of pictures of the FBI Director, seal, letterhead, and/or banners. The e-mails may also claim to come from our domestic or overseas offices.

The types of schemes utilizing the names of FBI agents, officials, or the Director’s name are typically lottery endorsements and inheritance notifications. However, other fraudulent schemes include threat and extortion e-mails, website monitoring containing malicious computer program attachments (malware), and online auction scams.

The social engineering technique of utilizing the FBI’s name is to intimidate and convince the recipient the e-mail is legitimate.

The FBI does not send out emails soliciting information from citizens.

Please be cautious of any unsolicited e-mail referencing the FBI, FBI Director Mueller, or any other FBI official endorsing any type of Internet activity.

If you have experienced this situation please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at [ www.ic3.gov] http://www.ic3.gov/.

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NEW TWIST CONCERNING THREAT AND EXTORTION E-MAILS 01/09/07—There is a new twist to the IC3 alert posted on December 7, 2006 regarding e-mails claiming that the sender has been paid to kill the recipient and will cancel the contract on the recipient's life if that person pays a large sum of money. Now e-mails are surfacing that claim to be from the FBI in London. These e-mails note the following information:

An individual was recently arrested for the murders of several United States and United Kingdom citizens in relation to this matter. The recipient's information was found on the subject identifying the recipient as the next victim. The recipient is requested to contact the FBI in London to assist with the investigation. It is not uncommon for an Internet fraud scheme to have the same overall intent but be transmitted containing variations in the e-mail content, e.g., different names, e-mail addresses, and/or agencies reportedly involved. See our related top story on the hitman scam.

Please note, providing any personal information in response to an unsolicited e-mail can compromise your identity and open you to identity theft.

If you have experienced this situation please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at www.ic3.gov.

Due to the threat of violence inherent in these extortion e-mails, if you receive an e-mail that contains personally identifiable information that might differentiate your e-mail from the general e-mail spam campaign, we encourage you to contact the police.

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E-MAILS CONTAINING THREATS AND EXTORTION 12/07/06—We have recently received information concerning spam e-mails threatening to assassinate the recipient unless the individual pays several thousand dollars to the sender of the e-mail.

The subject claims to have been following the victim for some time and was supposedly hired to kill the victim by a friend of the victim. The subject threatens to carry out the assassination if the victim goes to the police and requests the victim to respond quickly and provide their telephone number.

Warning! Providing any personal information can compromise your identify and open you to identity theft.

If you have experienced this situation, please notify your local, state, or federal law enforcement agency immediately. Also, please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at www.ic3.gov.


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1 posted on 01/15/2008 12:35:15 PM PST by radar101
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To: radar101

And how do we know this warning is genuine, eh???


2 posted on 01/15/2008 12:37:41 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: radar101

I have received several e-mails from someone claiming to be the IRS about my refund, I haven’t even filed this year yet, each e-mail has a different amount......I’ve reported this to the IRS


3 posted on 01/15/2008 12:37:46 PM PST by rockabyebaby (PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR INFIDEL STEPHENJOHNBANKER)
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To: radar101

If you get an e-mail from an FBI agent who is also a Nigerian minister and he wants to put $100 million in your checking account for a little while and will let you keep 20%—chances are it’s fake.


4 posted on 01/15/2008 1:10:43 PM PST by San Jacinto (Three dangers to guard against: Osama, Obama, and Chelsea's Momma!!!)
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To: San Jacinto

This year alone, my freebie yahoo disguised identity has inherited $30,000,000 from South Africa, 500,000 pounds UK from Zimbabwe, and a boatload of money for a lottery winning, and they have all sent two emails each. None of which I’ve replied to, of course.

Hilarious.


5 posted on 01/15/2008 1:16:41 PM PST by Judith Anne (I have no idea what to put here. Not a clue.)
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To: San Jacinto
If you get an e-mail from an FBI agent who is also a Nigerian minister and he wants to put $100 million

What! Does that mean I don't have a long last relative who died suddenly entestate in Lagos?

6 posted on 01/15/2008 1:16:51 PM PST by AU72
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To: radar101

No federal agencies know my E-mail address (least I don’t so) so, I know it’s a scam.

I opened a new e-mail address for my business which included the word *glass*. Apparently a very rich family named Glass died in a plane crash in Europe. I’m their only living relative.

Who’d a thought?


7 posted on 01/15/2008 1:21:31 PM PST by wolfcreek (The Status Quo Sucks!)
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To: radar101

If you get an e-mail from an FBI agent who is also a Nigerian minister and he wants to put $100 million in your checking account for a little while and will let you keep 20%—chances are it’s fake.


8 posted on 01/15/2008 1:23:18 PM PST by San Jacinto (Three dangers to guard against: Osama, Obama, and Chelsea's Momma!!!)
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To: Judith Anne

Congratulations! You want to be my special friend?


9 posted on 01/15/2008 1:24:52 PM PST by San Jacinto (Three dangers to guard against: Osama, Obama, and Chelsea's Momma!!!)
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To: radar101

A close friend recently got scammed out of $30,000 buying a boat on-line. FBI involved now.


10 posted on 01/15/2008 1:26:38 PM PST by subterfuge (1st choice: Hunter------2nd choice: Thompson-----3rd choice: there is no 3rd choice!)
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To: radar101

LOL, I don’t worry about this. I’ve already been contacted and have started the process to get over 10 MILLION dollars from Nigeria. Soon as my good faith check of $1000 clears the bank the Nigerian Prince will wire the money directly to my investment account.


11 posted on 01/15/2008 1:29:57 PM PST by aroundabout
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To: radar101

It’s always fun to look at the headers and see where the stuff is coming from. Who’d have thought the FBI would have mail servers in Romania?


12 posted on 01/15/2008 1:31:36 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: radar101
The subject claims to have been following the victim for some time and was supposedly hired to kill the victim by a friend of the victim.

No worries. None of my friends have enough money to hire a hit man.

13 posted on 01/15/2008 1:35:25 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: San Jacinto
If you get an e-mail from an FBI agent who is also a Nigerian minister and he wants to put $100 million in your checking account for a little while and will let you keep 20%—chances are it’s fake.

You're just bitter because I'll be getting the 20% handling fee any day now.

14 posted on 01/15/2008 1:40:18 PM PST by dearolddad (Opinions are like rectums: everybody has one.)
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To: radar101
I have one of these emails in my junk file right now.

Here it is:

ROBERT MUELLER III EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBIFEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI.WASHINGTON D.C

The Federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington, D.C in conjunction with some other relevant Investigations Agencies. 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). As regard to your payment.

It might interest you to know that we have taken out time in screening through this project as stipulated on our protocol of operation andhave finally confirmed that your contract payment is 100% genuine and hitch free from all facet and of which you have the lawful right to claim yourfund without any further delay. Having said all this, we will further advise that you go ahead in dealing with the Central Bank office accordingly as we will be monitoring all their services with you as well as your correspondence at all level.

Also note that from the FBI findings and CBN records after proper verification your actual outstanding contract payment is only US$9 million dollars remaining Please re-confirm to the CBN office if this is inline with what you have in your record because after our own verification the actual remaining amount unpaid with your contract is only $ 9 million dollars.

In addition, also be informed that we recently had a meeting with the Executive Governor of the Central Bank, in the person ofProf. CHUKWU CHARLES SOLUDO and MR KHALID JASSIM 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 contact the CBN 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.

We were informed that we should warn our citizens and other contractors from other countries who must have been informed of the contract payment to be very careful prior to these irregularities so that they don't fall victim to this ugly circumstance. And should in case you are 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 information.

Email: cbn.headoffice@gmail.com

We the FBI has been informed that, your payment will be made to you in a certified bank draft or wired to your bank account directly from Central Bank of Nigeria Offshore Bank Account in the U.A.E headed by MR KHALID JASSIM and a copy of the draft or transfer slip will be given to you for you to take to your bank for confirmation. Also have in mind that the Central Bank of Nigeria equally has their own protocol of operation as stipulated on their banking terms, contact the CBN Governor as soon as you receive this email for your payment is ready.

Best Regards,

Robert S. Mueller III Federal Bureau of Investigation J. Edgar Hoover Building
15 posted on 01/15/2008 1:40:22 PM PST by texas_mrs
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To: radar101
One of the latest scams...

 

16 posted on 01/15/2008 1:43:08 PM PST by Redcloak (Dingos ate my tagline.)
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To: San Jacinto; doug from upland

Doug From Upland keeps getting emails from Hillary Clinton claiming that she appreciates what “he’s” doing for her campaign. < /s >


17 posted on 01/15/2008 1:57:13 PM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: theDentist
And how do we know this warning is genuine, eh???

Well, we're reading it on the internet -- it must be true. :=)

18 posted on 01/15/2008 2:00:33 PM PST by Bob
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To: San Jacinto

>>>If you get an e-mail from an FBI agent who is also a Nigerian minister and he wants to put $100 million in your checking account for a little while and will let you keep 20%—chances are it’s fake.<<<

Just send them this as a reply.


Subject: My thanks to all those who have sent me emails this past year (UNCLASSIFIED)

Dear All,

My thanks to all those who have sent me emails this past year and made me suffer through having to use this computer...

I must send my thanks to whoever sent me the one about rat crap in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet towel with every envelope that needs sealing. Also, I now have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl (Penny Brown) who is about to die in the hospital for the 1,387,258th time.

I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Bill Gates/Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program.

Or from the senior bank clerk in Nigeria who wants me to split $7 million with me for pretending to be a long lost relative of a customer who died intestate.

I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me. I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day. Thanks to you, I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

Because of your concern I no longer drink Coca-Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

I no longer can buy petrol without taking a man along to watch the car so a serial killer won’t crawl in my back seat when I’m filling up.

I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore and Uzbekistan.

Thanks to you, I can’t use anyone’s toilet but mine because a big brown African spider is lurking under the seat to cause me instant death when it bites my @$$.

And thanks to your great advice, I can’t even pick up the $5.00 I found dropped in the car park because it probably was placed there by a sex molester waiting underneath my car to grab my leg.

If you don’t send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 PM this afternoon and the fleas from 12 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor’s ex-mother-in-law’s second husband’s cousin’s beautician.

By the way...a South American scientist after a lengthy study has discovered that people with low IQ who have infrequent sexual activity always read their e-mails with their hand on the mouse.

Don’t bother taking it off now, it’s too late!


19 posted on 01/15/2008 2:15:10 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 ("It may take another Jimmy Carter to get another Ronald Reagan". Rush Limbaugh Jan. 14, 2008)
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To: weegee

20 posted on 01/15/2008 2:20:26 PM PST by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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