Nigerian E-mail Scammers Pretend to be FBI within Fresh E-mail Fraud
Scam e-mails are landing inside people's inboxes supposedly from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division, warning recipients to make a deposit of certain cash or else see prison, published softpedia on November 22, 2011.
Having a lengthy catchy header talking about an FBI notice ordering the recipient to contact the agency immediately in case he doesn't want to be arrested as well as jailed, the sender's id in the e-mail shows as Nhouchen8@aol.com.
Moreover, unlike the conventional 419 scam or the Nigerian e-mail fraud, the new scam e-mail does not promise victims any large amount of money, rather offers safeguard from the powerful law.
Astonishingly, there are two options for the recipient in the e-mail: either he submits $99 (EUR 70) alternatively gets $10m (EUR 700,000) as compensatory fee, or he's sacked, detained as well as find all money gone from the account in his bank.
The hoax electronic mail to the recipient further warns that the issue has been brought to the notice of every agency of crime and that the investigating bureau will trace him followed with arrest incase he ignores the given instructions.
Additionally, the phony message also states that FBI will even dispatch one particular letter to the recipient's place of work suggesting it to sack him till the investigation was over as any suspicious person should not be allowed for being a worker of any private or government organization.
Meanwhile, the e-mail containing 7 paragraphs has weak grammar as well as the signature of Robert Mueller FBI's director that makes it appear real.
It additionally intimidates the reader that the situation is known to the FBI director and that he is all ready to arrest him.
Security researchers in a remark regarding the above scam electronic mail, urged users that incase anyone got such an unsolicited e-mail, particularly one having grammatical mistakes and blatant spelling while directing to pay money he must overlook it. They further suggested users not to give away personal identifiable details or any money the fraudsters within the e-mail asked for irrespective of the extent of legitimacy it exuded.
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