I’m still in the process of proofreading my friend’s manuscript, so haven’t checked my email and spam much the past two days. Found this from yesterday sometime:
FBI OFFICE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
10 Dec (6 days ago)
to undisclosed recipients
This message is coming to you from FBI office here, We are writing this mail to inform you that your (Inheritance winning awarded funds of $1.5million) has been totally converted into a ATM Master card and it’s to be delivered to your address via courier service, Be inform that the courier delivery company will deliver the card with all the manual and instruction both with PIN code to access the Card upon receipt. It’s the best option to receive this amount since every attempt failed, therefore you will need to contact the Barrister that helped in re-claiming the check back and converted it into an ATM visa card with his address below:
Barrister Necter Polimars
Phone: +229 98651731
Send him your current address where the check should be delivered to and remember to indicate the Reg:code of ATM-0034 to him when making contact with him. Please also choose the courier service you would like to deliver the Card Post office is also working but could take the card much time to get to you.
Please endeavor to inform us once you have received the ATM Card.
Robert S. Mueller
FBI Monitoring Team Service
Once again, sign number 1 is “undisclosed recipients”. If it was intended for me, why not just send it to me? Where do I go next?
Well, the email address of the sender “deneme” is the same address used in the earlier phishing expedition for gmail information – see my posting “This is a fake”.
The telephone number for the “barrister” has a Benin country code, which also seems a little suspicious. And (and perhaps one of my English readers could advise me) I thought barristers did courtroom work and this should have been from a solicitor.
Now, I know I wrote about an ATM scam a little while ago, although I’m too lazy to look it up, but that originated from some other African nation. Since the origin and the “barrister” are located somewhere in Africa, Benin apparently, and I’m in Canada, the FBI wouldn’t have any involvement in this anyway unless they were investigating it. Also note the message merely states “FBI office here”, without specifying where “here” is. Hell, we have FBI agents at the US Consulate in Toronto (special assignment dealing with gun smuggling).
If you receive this email just delete it. If the FBI really wants you, they’ll come and get you – same as the RCMP would in Canada – so don’t worry. It’s just someone trying to steal your identity.