Nigerian E-mail Scam Targets FBI
In another twist to the well-known Nigerian e-mail scam, the e-mail's writer discusses an incident where the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) apparently caught one lady diplomat possessing an enormous amount of money. The e-mail also claimed that it is the e-mail recipient who's the true inheritor of the sum, which had originated from Nigeria, as reported by MoneyLife on July 27, 2011.
However, Nigerian e-mail scam of the traditional version announced that there is an enormous amount of deceptively-acquired wealth, which the e-mail recipient is entitled to and that to claim it, he requires wiring some money. Thereafter, it asks the recipient to provide his bank details in reply mode to the e-mail writer. Clearly, such cases are simply fraud with little possibility of retrieving the money.
But, describing the content of the new fraudulent electronic mail, security researchers stated that the message supposedly from FBI intends to notify the recipient that the agency had caught Mrs. Vernon Wallace, a woman diplomat on a foreign mission, at NY's J F Kennedy International Airport carrying a consignment box, stuffed with US Dollars.
Moreover, the mail message also stated that the woman stated the box she was carrying was her own, which she had been asked to deliver at her doorstep, while all the time she remained unaware that there was money inside it.
Further, as per FBI in the e-mail, the agency has detained the diplomat who cannot be released till there's a thorough investigation into what way she managed the money.
Eventually, the message issues an alert that incase no claimant of the money comes forward in 3 days, the World Bank will confiscate it, while the e-mail recipient might be prosecuted under charges of money-laundering. Clearly anyone with greed, who becomes convinced with the e-mail, will respond instantly by establishing contact but during the process actually forfeit the money.
Hence, security researchers recommend that users must not respond such e-mails, especially those asking them to provide their banking details and surely enough that they must not expend money for chasing the above kind of ever-elusive wealth, at least over the Internet.
Related article: Nigerian Scammers Secure Huge Money from Australian Victims
» SPAMfighter News - 05-08-2011
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