A Scam Email with the Subject "Your money has been released" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sun, 15 Nov 2009 15:14:26 -0800 and has been classified as a Generic Scam. The sender was "Federal Bureau of Investigation"<firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
This e-mail has been issued to you from the office of the present Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Robert S. Mueller III). After proper investigations, we discovered that your impending payment that have been withheld by imposters, claiming to be Professor Charles Soludo (Governor of the Central bank of Nigeria), Mr. Patrick Aziza, Mr. Frank Nweke, None existing officials of the Oceanic Bank of Nigeria and Zenith Bank, UK winning Lottery, Senator David Mark, Andy Lear of HSBC Bank, Coca-Cola winning lottery and among a list of others is now under our custody with the help of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Local Police Force.
Investigations revealed that you have spent a lot of your personal earned money just to conclude the successful transfer of your funds to your nominated bank account by obtaining transfer documents as requested by the imposters, costing you a lot of money but all to no avail. The Federal Bureau of Investigation had to send some financial crime investigators from our head quarters in Washington DC to Africa in order to carry out proper investigation, after receiving series of other reports similar to yours as you are not the only person awaiting the legal transfer of funds from Africa.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has given authority to the International Monetary Funds (IMF) to assist the Federal Ministry of Finance and all the organizations involved; such as the Central Bank, Zenith Bank, and Legit lottery organizations to immediately commence with the compensation of all the beneficiaries awaiting the successful transfer of their funds.
With the help of some of the best Internet Investigators attached to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, we traced your information from the Internet as one of the beneficiaries awaiting the successful transfer of funds to your nominated account. I am pleased to inform you that a meeting was held in regards to the best way to carry out with the compensation exercise for transparency and most especially to avoid reoccurrence of the delay in transferring your funds and the high cost of procuring transfer documents and came to a final conclusion as all head of organizations involved was duly represented.
You have been approved to receive the total sum of $6,500,000.00 (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) which has been deposited in a bank located in Lagos, Nigeria - Standard Chartered Bank Plc. You have also been approved to receive a Valid International Debit / ATM Card which will be issued from the bank and then delivered to your designated Home Address via FedEx. Presently, The Federal Bureau of Investigation has concluded with the IMF to grant the bank authorization to issue you the Debit Card and also activate your account held at Standard Chartered Bank Plc. According to the bank's rules and regulations, you will be required to pay a one-time fee of $1,330 to your Account Officer at Standard Chartered Bank Plc which will be required for the following:
(1) International Account Activation Fee (Since the IMF released the funds to the bank, the bank has NOT activated the account for withdrawal due to the fact that you are located overseas and the account is located in Nigeria. Therefore, in order to activate the account for Online Wire Transfer, you will be required to activate the account for use firstly)
(2) ATM / Debit Card Authorization Fee (This is required due to the fact that you intend withdrawing money from your Debit / ATM Card from an International Country other than Nigeria)
Once you have paid the requested $1,330 to your Account Officer via Western Union Money Transfer, he will immediately provide the receipt to the bank and then the bank will immediately dispatch your Debit/ATM Card to your designated address. Our office is fully aware of the fact that it is hard to trust e-mail's being issued out to individuals, therefore we have included Online Banking access information below in which you shall use to verify that your funds are available at Standard Chartered Bank. Kindly follow instructions below to confirm your funds:
Click Here to go to the bank's official website
Once you are on their website, click on the "Online Banking" tab located on the upper left corner, once it has been selected, you will be transferred to the Online Banking login page. Kindly enter the following information below to login:
Account Number: 5335533888
Pass Code: 82733726
Once you have confirmed availability of your funds. You will be required to immediately proceed to a Western Union Money Transfer outlet and send the sum of $1,330 to the following information below:
NAME OF RECEIVER: CARL JOHNSON
TEST QUESTION: WHAT FOR?
AMOUNT TO SEND: $1,330
Immediately you complete the transaction, you will be required to send your account officer (Mr. Carl Johnson) via the following information:
ACCOUNT OFFICER NAME: CARL JOHNSON
CONTACT E-MAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
CONTACT PHONE NUMBER: +2348024415533
You are required to send your account officer the following information ONLY after you have completed the Western Union payment of $1,330. Send him the following information:
YOUR FULL NAME:
DIRECT PHONE NUMBER:
10 DIGIT MTCN CONTROL NUMBER GIVEN ON THE WESTERN UNION RECEIPT:
Please note that if you are able to send the requested fee of $1,330 to your account officer today, your Debit/ATM card will be delivered to you within 24 hours after receipt of the payment. You are also advised to immediately STOP all communications between you and these impostors so as to enable a safe delivery of your ATM Card to your designated address.
Robert S. Mueller III,
Present Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
Washington, DC USA.