Scam Email received March 24, 2020 from firstname.lastname@example.org
FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C. – email@example.com
ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY This e-mail has been issued to you in order to Officially inform you that we have completed an investigation on an International Payment in which was issued to you by International Lottery Company. With the help of our newly developed technology (International Monitoring Network System) we discovered that your e-mail address was automatically selected by an Online Balloting System,this has legally won you the sum of $4.8million 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 INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT. Normally, it will take up to 5 business days for an INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT 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 world winded, so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $4.8million USD has been deposited with IMF. 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 with IMF you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the Lottery Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located in Cotonou, Benin Republic. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the following, (1) Deposit Fee&s ( IMF INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE ) (2) Shipping Fee&s ( This is the charge for shipping the Cashier&s Check to your home address) The total amount for everything is $96.00 We have tried our possible best to indicate that this $96.00 should be deducted from your winning prize but we found out that the funds have already been deposited to IMF 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 In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge ( MR. NICHOLAS MATTI ) via e-mail. Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information: CONTACT AGENT NAME: MR. NICHOLAS MATTI PHONE NUMBER: +229995576491 Email= firstname.lastname@example.org You will be required to e-mail him with the following information: FULL NAME: ADDRESS: CITY: STATE: ZIP CODE: DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER: OCCUPATION: You will also be required to request Western Union or Money Gram details on how to send the required $96.00 in order to immediately ship your prize of $4.8million USD via INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT from IMF, also include the following transaction code in order for him to identify this transaction :EA2948-910. This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $96.00 ONLY to MR. NICHOLAS MATTI via information in which he shall send to you, Federal Bureau of Investigation F B I Yours in Service,Christopher A. Wray, Director Office of Public Affairs, F B I email@example.com
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