These scams have been around for years and they all promise something for (almost) nothing. I felt the need to post this as today was one that I had not seen. I have posted the email below in its entirety so that you can get a chuckle out of it.
The main point is this: The chances that you have a rich relative with the same last name, a Ugandan Prince, a US Customs Official, a DHS employee, or in this case, the Director of the FBI contacting you directly are pretty darn small. All they are asking for in return for millions and millions of dollars are the means to steal your identity at best, or at worst, gain access to your bank accounts.
Our advice, don’t even give them a sarcastic reply – at that point they will have verified you are a real person – just trash the email. And NEVER give them the information they request – no matter how good of a deal it seems to be.
And now for your entertainment:
FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR;
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI.WASHINGTON DC.
We hope this notification arrives meeting your good health and mind. (FBI) Washington, DC in conjunction with some other relevant investigation agencies here in the United STATES of America have recently been informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that you have an over-due payment in tone of USD 10.3M with Citibank. It might interest you to know that we have taken our time in screening through this project as stipulated on our protocol of operation and have finally confirmed that your payment/transaction with Citibank is 100% genuine and hitch free from all facets and of which you have the lawful right to claim your fund without any further delay. Having said all this, we will further advise that you go ahead in dealing with the Citibank officer who is directly incharge of the fund, Also, accordingly as we will be monitoring all their activities with you as well as your correspondence at all levels.
NOTE: There are numerous scam emails on the internet, imposters impersonating names and images. We therefore warn our dear citizens to be very careful with any claim email you receive prior to these irregularities so that they do not fall victim to this ugly circumstance anymore. And should in case you are already dealing with anybody or office claiming that you have a payment with them, you are to STOP further contact with them immediately in your best interest and contact the real bank (Citibank officer) only where your fund is laying, with the below information:
Bank Name: Citibank
Address: 815 D Pelham Rd, Jacksonville, AL 36265.
Attn: Lambert Huddles
Contact the Citibank officer whom is incharge of your funds today and furnish them with the information below
for processing of your payment/funds accordingly.
DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER:
NOTE: In your best interest, any message that does not come from the above email address with phone number should be nullified and avoided immediately for security reasons. Meanwhile, we will advise that you contact the officer incharge of your funds in Phenix City Alabama Citibank immediately with the above email address and request that they attend to your payment file as directed so as to enable you receive your payment/fund accordingly.
Ensure you follow all directives from Citibank as this will further help hasten up the whole payment process in regards to the transfer of your fund to you as designated. Also have in mind that the Citibank equally has their own protocol of operation as stipulated on their banking terms. All modalities has already been worked out before you were contacted and noted that we will be monitoring all your dealings with them as you proceed you don’t have anything to worry about.
All we require from you henceforth is an update so as to enable us be on track with you and the Citibank officer incharge of your funds. Without wasting much time, we want you to contact them immediately with the above email address and phone number so as to enable them attend to your case accordingly without any further delay as time is already running out.
Should in case you need any more information in regards to this notification, feel free to get back to us via email so that we can brief you more as we are here to guide you during and after this Transaction has been completely perfected and you have received your payment/fund as stated.
Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation.
Federal Bureau of Investigation.
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C.