Now the Nigerian scam “artists” are impersonating FBI agents. I found this in my junk mail box:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBI Seattle Office
1110 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101-2904
Phone: (206) 350-6981
Fax: (206) 350-6981
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Has discovered through our intelligence Monitoring Network, that you have an on going transaction with a Financial Institution in Nigeria, as the owner of the said sum $7,500,000.00 USD confirmed on a certified cashier’s check.
So the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) Seattle, Washington in conjunction with The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Has screened through our various Monitoring Networks and has been confirmed and notified that the transaction you have with the Financial Institution is Legal and you have the Lawful Right to claim your due fund. We advise you to go ahead with the transaction as we are monitoring all their services and networks. Be advised that any letter or claims notification received from anybody or company should be forwarded to us with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, you are advised to follow the procedure of the Financial Institution. They have their own legal procedure which we have examined and confirmed legal. Follow their instructions while you keep us updated for more details. You are advised to contact the necessary office for more details of transfer as we are monitoring every move now.
Please, be advised and be aware that your funds had been insured and the necessary charges would be taken care of by you, as confirmed by the Monitoring network. For your own good you are advised to confirm any transaction or lottery promo you have either involved yourself with in the past to enable us trace this scammers. Only the Financial Institution has been confirmed Legal any other are still under investigation, and so many others are scam, most especially from Nigeria and Africa.
You are to contact the EFCC Director of Operation Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde with the information below in regards to more details on your funds.
Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde (Director of Operations)
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
Phone: +234 1 479 0580
If you need to contact me at any stage please do not hesitate to call (206) 350-6981.
Mr. Robert S. Mueller, III (Director)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation.
I especially like the warning to be wary of OTHER scams from “Nigeria and Africa”. Well heck, if the FBI says it’s OK it must be. Right? I’m amazed that anyone actually falls for this stuff. That’s one LONG tail on the other side of the bell curve.