Scam Email received June 14, 2018 from firstname.lastname@example.org
Attn Please. – email@example.com
U.S Customs and Border Protection Address: 667 S Shepherd Dr # 097 Houston , TX 00911 United State of America Attn Please. This is to acknowledge the receipt of your affirmation and to inform you of the latest development in regards to the delivery of your consignment box convey by Courier Diplomatic agent. During the scanning of your consignment box, our cash-track machine detected that the content of the consignment box is cash worth US$10,500,000.00 In accordance to section 34 and 36 of the Custom sector, it is not acceptable to bring (over US$100,000) into the United States of America without proper documentations and clearance because it shows that the money is either being smuggled into the country or the source of the funds is questionable. It is very important that all the relevant documentations needed to authenticate the source of the funds are provided to prove that the funds were earned legitimately in accordance with the PATRIOT ACT so that IRS and Homeland Security will not come knocking at your door. In lieu of the above, it is therefore mandatory that you shall provide the Funds Origin Certificate (F.O.C) to prove that the funds is not linked with any form of illegality. Being the beneficiary of the consignment, the Funds Origin Certificate (F.O.C) is the only way of confirming the source of the funds and it is your responsibility to provide the Certificate before the Diplomat will be allowed to complete the delivery of your consignment box to your house. The Diplomat&s Flight Details shows that he came from Africa and we have contacted the relevant Authorities in Benin to inquire about the process of getting the Certificate. We were informed that the beneficiary of the consignment will pay for the Certificate and the cost of this documentation is just US$79.00 and You are to pay the fee directly to the Benin Custom and Border Protection via Western Union Money Transfer Or Money Gram in the name stated below so that your delivery will be successfully done within 5-hours after the F.O.C is secured without any hitch or delay. The payment should send via Western Union Transfer Or Money Gram. Receiver&s Name: HENRY ONU Country: Benin Republic City: Cotonou Text Question: God Text Answer: Save Amount: $79.00 After paying the Fee, send the following payment information 1. Sender&s Name: 2. Sender&s Address: 3. MTCN Number: 4. Your mobile phone Number: Upon the receipt of the payment information, the Certificate will be procured in your name by the Benin Authority so that the Diplomat will be allowed to complete the delivery of your consignment to your house today. Yours Faithfully, Dr. Jeh Charles Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org A.G Commissioner, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) email@example.com
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