This email with the subject "Important Winning Alert" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sun, 04 Oct 2009 13:17:22 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Federal Bureau of Investigation"<firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
ANTI-TERRORIST & MONETARY CRIMES DIVISION
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
J. EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING
WASHINGTON, DC USA
This e-mail has been issued to you by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to Officially inform you that we have completed an investigation on an International Payment in which was issued to you by an International Lottery Company which was designated to be allocated from Nigeria. According to our completed investigation, a Multi-National Lotto company located in Nigeria launched a Lottery System whereby a Software is built to randomly select different alphabets and then select different domains and whichever e-mail seems valid and working wins.
According to our discovery, your e-mail address has legally won you the sum of $1,600,000.00 (One Million, Six Hundred Thousand US Dollars). We discovered that your e-mail address won the Lottery as they advertised your e-mail address all over Nigerian websites, TV stations and even Radio Stations for Advertisement in order to lure other people into playing their Lottery. The Federal Bureau of Investigation found out that the Lottery took place last month and when the Lottery Company was contacted they gave assurance that the winning e-mail address has been contacted, however we discovered that people in which have been contacting you in regards to all types of Money Transfers, Winnings are ALL fake.
The impostors obtained your e-mail address via the public notification of your Lottery Winning, they therefore sent you several false letters. You are immediately advised by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to IMMEDIATELY stop all communication with any individual who claims to offer money from an old account, people who claim to work for Central Bank of Nigeria, etc.
We have completed this investigation and you are hereby APPROVED to receive the winning prize stated above as we have verified the entire transaction to be Safe and 100% risk free as the ONLY trusted agent whom has been authorized to handle this transaction is "Mr. Andrew Kelly". According to the Lottery Company, the total sum of $1,600,000 has been deposited at a Security Company (The Hamilton Group) and is hereby Available for you to make a withdrawal.
In order to have the winning prize delivered to you via a Certified Cashier's Check which shall be issued by Bank of America, you will be required to pay for the following below-
1. Cashier's Check Conversion Fee ( Fee for
converting the International Payment into a Bank of America Certified
Cashier's Check )
In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge ( Mr. Andrew Kelly ) via e-mail. Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information:
CONTACT AGENT NAME: ANDREW KELLY
E-MAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:
DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER:
You will also be required to request details on how to send the required $575.00 in order to immediately ship your prize of $1,600,000 via Certified Cashier's Check issued by Bank Of America, also include the following transaction code in order for him to immediately identify this transaction : INTL-FBI-283.
This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $575.00 ONLY to Mr. Andrew Kelly via information in which he shall send to you, if you do not receive your winning prize of $1,600,000 we shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $8,000 which will be made PAYABLE ONLY to you (The Winner).