Federal Bureau of Investigation — Internet Fraud

http://www.fbi.gov/majcases/fraud/internetschemes.htm

The FBI offers information here on common Internet fraud schemes and scams, including the Nigerian Letter or 419 Fraud, and how to avoid being the victim of internet fraud.  There is also a section on Fraud directed to Senior Citizens.

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16 responses to “Federal Bureau of Investigation — Internet Fraud”

  1. Darleen Freeman says :

    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Anti-Terrorist and International Fraud Division.
    Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
    Seattle, Washington.
    Telephone Number : (206) 426-5029

    ATTN: BENEFICIARY

    This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly completed an Investigation with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you legally won the sum of $800,000.00 USD from a Lottery Company outside the United States of America. During our investigation we discovered that your e-mail won the money from an Online Balloting System and we have authorized this winning to be paid to you via a Certified Cashier’s Check.

    Normally, it will take up to 10 business days for an International Check to be cashed by your local bank. We have successfully notified this company on your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a registered bank within the United States Of America so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $800,000.00 USD has been deposited with Bank Of America.

    We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive the winning prize as we have verified the entire transaction to be Safe and 100% risk free, due to the fact that the funds have been deposited at Bank Of America you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the Lottery Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located in Lagos, Nigeria. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the following -

    (1) Deposit Fee’s ( Fee’s paid by the company for the deposit into an American Bank which is – Bank Of America )
    (2) Cashier’s Check Conversion Fee ( Fee for converting the Wire Transfer payment into a Certified Cashier’s Check )
    (3) Shipping Fee’s ( This is the charge for shipping the Cashier’s Check to your home address and this fee includes Insurance )

    The total amount for everything is $850.00 (Eight Hundred-Fifty US Dollars). We have tried our possible best to indicate that this $850.00 should be deducted from your winning prize but we found out that the funds have already been deposited at Bank Of America and cannot be accessed by anyone apart from you the winner, therefore you will be required to pay the required fee’s to the Agent in-charge of this transaction via Western Union Money Transfer Or Money Gram.

    In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge ( Mr. Benson Edward ) via e-mail. Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information:

    CONTACT AGENT NAME: MR. BENSON EDWARD

    E-MAIL ADDRESS: benson.edward1@live.com

    Telephone Number : +234-702-779-7613

    You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:

    FULL NAME:
    ADDRESS:
    CITY:
    STATE:
    ZIP CODE:
    DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER:

    You will also be required to request Western Union details on how to send the required $850.00 in order to immediately ship your prize of $800,000.00 USD via Certified Cashier’s Check drawn from Bank Of America, also include the following transaction code in order for him to immediately identify this transaction : EA2948-910.

    This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $850.00 ONLY to Mr. Benson Edward via information in which he shall send to you, if you do not receive your winning prize of $800,000.00 we shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $3,000 which will be made PAYABLE ONLY to you (The Winner).

    Please find below an authorized signature which has been signed by the FBI Director- Robert Mueller, also below is the FBI NSB (National Security

    FBI Director
    Robert Mueller.
    NSB Seal

    Authorized Signature

    NSB SEAL ABOVE
    NOTE: In order to ensure your check gets delivered to you ASAP, you are advised to immediately contact Mr. Benson Edward via contact information provided above and make the required payment of $850.00 to information in which he shall provide to you.

  2. InternetFraud says :

    Sometimes they use this sort of stuff to win your trust and take your money.

  3. Year One Online says :

    This is quite a hot information. I’ll share it on Twitter.
    p.s. Year One is already on the Internet and you can watch it for free.

  4. Proud to be a wife of ovff says :

    We just received an e-mail similar to the one listed but saying they did a fraud investigation and the money would be put in bank of america of 10.5 million dollars. agent in charge is from lagos, nigeria contact name is samuel doherty at 234-806-2755415. They are asking for $500.00 from me through western union so they can deposit my money. They say the national security fbi director robert mueller has signed the nsb seal above the note. I don’t know anyone or have done business with anyone except world vision. thanks, Cindy

  5. William Rentfrow says :

    Good read. Thanks – from an antique phone enthusiast.

  6. christine alvarez says :

    i recieved the same e=mail saying i won 8,000.00 froom a lottery in london thanks that im not dumb to fall for a scam like that they would have took my money

  7. peq says :

    this is not good. i was opening my emails one by one, ant this similar email came to me. hope cos i open it i wont get in trouble. but at least came to the fderal bureau of investigations website with the purpose of gettng the telephone nomber to make a complain via phone call but i can see clearly its already in theyr hands. hope they cach the responsile for all this.

  8. jamal zein says :

    dear mr mueller i guess we talkd before and we are exchaing emails but to be on the safeside am writing here too,am getting lots of mails like this and i want to know about the imf if they are real

  9. Massive Traffic Bot says :

    Very nice information.

  10. Barbara Parise says :

    I received this nigerian e-mail from an “agent” of the FBI. ( Edward John), and showing a passport (US) of Frank Moss; Passport # 100003106. I realize it is fraudulent, but do you want a forward of same, or do you have tons of these? BP

    • dave says :

      thats funny. i just got an email from a girl (haha) from england who just wentto nigeria and had her MONEY WALLET stolen. she found her passport but no money. she has a check for $100,000, but wants me to send her $1500 for hotel bills. her name is brandie ( or jamie) reist. she recently changed her name i guess. the funny part… her usa passport #(100003106). i wonder if she is related to those other people? is it ok to scam the scammers?… or is there a law here against that?

      • Kevin Young says :

        I have dealt with Jamie Reist AKA Jamie Anderson for a year now. There are at least 4 separate people (Jessemine Ruiz, Kate Heisen, James Anderson and one other) Posing as Jamie Anderson in order to try to get at her late father’s money. The real Jamie Anderson AKA Karla Spice or Lopez the Venezuelan star is indeed in Nigeria and has been trying to get her inheritance from her late father’s business for 16 years. Nigerian banks, airports authority, and lawyers are all sheisters. She has much to deal with.

  11. christi Peterson says :

    How can I identify if im being scammed?

  12. news says :

    Have you considered adding some differing opinions to the article? I think it will really enhance everyones understanding.

  13. Andrew Weaver says :

    My these are interesting. I just asked for a passport in a similar case and guess what the number was? Yep 100003106 with a name of Mary Kampbell form West Palm Beach, FLA. All she wants is 1500 Euros to settle her debt. Has a return ticket to fly back to the states and all. Hmm!!!

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