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Have you received an email from Cisse Mouilaat the FBI's "Contact DHL COURRIER NEW YORK" , telling you "Merry Christmas And Happy New Year from Professor Cisse Mouila" and that the FBI and Dept of Homeland Security and West African Economic Monetary Union WAEMU:
"have been having a meeting with United Nations and the bank involved After long deliberation with this union West African Economic Monetary Union WAEMU for the passed 4 days concerning your Overdue payment of ($2.5Million US Dollars) presently loaded to ATM MASTER CARD";
then telling you to contact
"DR NEAL MORAN at email@example.com ?
It is a scam. The FBI will never, never email you unless you first contact them. They WILL NOT EVER email you to tell you you owe money or are due to receive a refund; or for any other reason. Count on it. And the FBI, a branch of the United States government, certainly wouldn't be telling you that have millions of dollars to give you on an ATM card!
No government agency we know of, anywhere in the civilized world, contacts ANYONE by email first. Look at the email address ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) to which you are to respond: it is not even a government address - there are many complaints that it is a source of spam.
If you hold your mouse over the link in the email you received, you would see that it does NOT go to FBI, but instead to a page on another website, which is clearly operating a scam and a fraud. We neutered the link in case it harbors a virus.
This is a simple AFF - scam - a some point, you will be asked to send money via Western Union (or "wore transfer") to cover fees, taxes, or whatever excuse they can think of that you might believe.
January 7, 2010, CFR received the following email:
From: Cisse Mouila <email@example.com>
Sent: Wed, January 6, 2010 8:40:14 AM
Subject: Contact DHL COURRIER NEW YORK
Merry Christmas And Happy New Year from Professor Cisse Mouila
The Department of Homeland Security,Washington And Swan Federal Bureau Of Investigation FBI New York,USA have been having a meeting with United Nations and the bank involved After long deliberation with this union West African Economic Monetary Union WAEMU for the passed 4 days concerning your Overdue payment of ($2.5Million US Dollars) presently loaded to ATM MASTER CARD which ended today 4th January 2010 with the secretary to the UNITED NATIONS as signed by the WAEMU president Proffessor Cisse Muoilla.
Having reviewed all the obstacles and problems sorrounding the transfer of your (USD$2.500,000.00) and your inability to meet up with some charges levied against you due to the past transfer options, We the Board of Directors, West africa Economic MonetaryUnion (WAEMU) has ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance Unit to issue you a CORPORATE ATM CARD where your payment will be uploaded and today, we got notice that your Payment has been uploaded into this CORPORATE ATM CARD and also have registered it with DHL for delivery to you.
For your information, the delivery charges has been paid and they were supposed to have jet your packaged ATM CARD to you from DHL International office New York but they insisted that you must re-confirm to them your current delivery address to ensure accurate Delivery.
MOST IMPORTANT: Due to the content of the package, DHL mandated that before your package will be jetted to you, A Tax/Stamp Duty MUST be procured according to the west african (payment Origin)New Customs Creed and the essence of such Document is to ensure a hitch-free delivery and the amount is $185.usd .
Incase of more levies demand either from any person(s)or office(s)beyond $185.usd upon the delivery should be reported to our official email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Therefore reconfirm your current delivery address (i.e. 1. Full Names, 2. Delivery Address and 3. Telephone Number) to DHL.
DR NEAL MORAN
500 10th Ave New York NY 10018 United State of America
DHL International New York
Email: ( email@example.com )
Your transaction security question...what mode of services online????
Answer....Diplomatic means of delivery
Please hurry now and contact them with the reconfirmation of your security question and answer together with your full and current home address as your package might insure demurrages if it stays more than 3days with DHL. Finally,make sure you identify the security tex question and answer each time you want to contact the company and to enable the procurement of your stamp and tax duty according to west african Custom creed you are required to make the payment to west africa as might be Directed by the Company soon you contact them.
PROFFESSOR CISSE MOUILLA
GOVERNOR, WEST AFRICAN
ECONOMIC MONETARY UNION
Clearly, this email and it's associated website is criminal activity intended to steal your money!
If you receive a call from this number or any group that claims to represent a government agency, take down their information, including the contact's name, phone number, etc. Do NOT give them any personal or financial information, especially not a credit card, checking or bank account number, passport number, etc.
Next, look up the direct phone or email address for the agency they claim to represent and call them. Read them the email and ask if it could have come from their agency.
While we don't want to encourage people to ignore correspondence from legal government agencies, it is a safe bet that NO U.S. government agency will make any first contact with you by email. Certainly not the FBI or IRS.
If you receive an unsolicited e-mail purporting to be from FBI, take the following steps:
And please let us know about any suspicious calls or emails you receive. We look for patterns so that we can alert the authorities and victims to new scams, before it is too late!
If you receive a suspicious e-mail that claims to come from:
Contact the Foreign Commercial Service (FSC) at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. If there is no FCS office, contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the Consular Section or the Regional Security Office.
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