When I read this first sentence in the mail, I thought whoever received this was caught red-handed and is in trouble.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) THROUGH OUR INTELLIGENCE
MONITORING NETWORK HAVE DISCOVERED THAT YOU HAVE A TRANSACTION GOING ON
RIGHT NOW IN UNITED KINGDOM WITH THE BRITISH LOTTERY COMPANY AS A
BENEFICIARY OF AWARD PAYMENT OF(£1.000.000) ONE MILLION BRITISH POUNDS IN AN ONLINE LOTTERY PROMOTION.”
fact, if you didn’t realise, most storyline behind the 419 scam mails
are all about illegal money tranfers. We are not referring to the fact
that they are trying to scam you, but that the “money transfer” story
itself is supposed to be an “illegal activity”.
Normally, someone died or for some other reason a huge sum of money is left behind. The story would say that they would need “someone special” (like you) to help them in the money transfer out of their country. Assuming that the story is true, this act of transferring the money itself is illegal. So even if you lose money in a 419 scam and complains to the authorities, you ought to be shameful because you have the intention to commit a “crime” in the first place. That was why we were slightly amused, even when we know its a scam mail, that “FBI” has discovered about the transaction. And what amuses us even more is that the “FBI” in this case is going to “help” in the transaction. What a joke. The scammers running a 419 scam does not even know what this is all about. Perhaps they need a 419 scam academy setup to teach them the basics.
In case this is the first time you have seen a 419 scam mail, the email below isn’t sent by FBI. Some hints: spelling errors, free email addresses, stupid storyline, all caps, etc. Typical of a 419 scammer at the infancy stage.
From: Federal Bureau Of Invevestigation <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 6:00 AM
FBI Seal Federal Bureau of Investigation
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FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI, MOST URGENT
EXCUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI
FEDERAL BUREAU OF
FBI SEEKING TO WIRE TAP INTERNET
THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) THROUGH OUR INTELLIGENCE MONITORING NETWORK HAVE DISCOVERED THAT YOU HAVE A TRANSACTION GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN UNITED KINGDOM WITH THE BRITISH LOTTERY COMPANY AS A BENEFICIARY OF AWARD PAYMENT OF(£1.000.000) ONE MILLION BRITISH POUNDS IN AN ONLINE LOTTERY PROMOTION.
WITH THAT REGARD, WE THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) WASHINGTON DC IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM METROPOLITAN POLICE (U.M.P) HAVE SCREENED THROUGH OUR MONITORING NETWORK, AND WE DISCOVERED THAT YOU ARE THE BENEFICIARY OF THE FUND FROM THE BRITISH LOTTERY BOARD.
THE UNITED KINGDOM METROPOLITAN POLICE (UMP) HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TRACK THE FUND WHICH IS PRESENTLY NOW IN THE AMS COURIER FOR DELIVERY AND WE HAVE GATHERED ALSO THAT THE CLAIM AGENT OF YOUR WINNING PRIZE MR. ROMANO RIZZO HAS CONCLUDED HIS TRANSACTIONS WITH THIS COURIER COMPANY FOR YOUR DELIVERY.
WE ARE GOING IN AT ONCE TO MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVED YOUR PAYMENT WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
HOWEVER, THIS IS TO INFORM YOU THAT YOU SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM ANY OTHER FRAUDULENT EMAIL ON THE INTERNENT.
WE ARE FULLY IN CONTROL OF THE SITUATION. WE SHALL CONTACT THE BRITISH LOTTERY BOARD ONE MORE TIME INFORMING THEM TO HASTEN UP WITH YOUR PAYMENT
NB: THIS IS NOT A FRAUD AS WE HAVE COMFIRMED IT. WE URGE YOU COMPLY WITH THE LAY DOWN PROCEDURE GIVEN TO YOU THE URGENT REMITTANCE OF THE FUND FOR DELIVERY.
THE FBI IS WASHING YOU.
THANKS FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION AND WE AWAIT YOUR
ROBERT S. MUELLER
J. EDGAR HOOVER FBI
AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON , DC 20535