Fake Government Agencies
--- On Fri, 12/5/08, FEDERAL BUREAU INVESTIGATION <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: FEDERAL BUREAU
RE: FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION SEEKING TO WIRETAP THE INTERNET
We the Federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington, DC in conjunction with some other relevant Investigation Agencies like Internal Revenue Service here in the United states of America have recently been informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that you have been scammed by those scammers from nigeria.
We also want you to know that the UNITED NATION have been compensating the scam victims by the advance fee scam going on in africa and have maped out the sum of US$12,000,000.00 to compensate the scam victim here on our list and your name is among the 12 scam victims here.
We will like you to know that the UNITED NATIONS are compensating the scam victim with the sum of US$1,000,000.00 each to the 12 scam victims so we will like you to send us the account number where you want your compensation fund to be transfer to or better still let us know how you want your compensation fund to come to you.
Your urgent response is needed.Furthermore we will like you to stop communicating with any scam emails you will be receiving this is to help us stop scam going on so get back to us with the needed information.
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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