Hey Guess What? The FBI Wants To Give Me Money!!!!

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
March 16, 2008 8:43pm CST
Okay, this must be the top winning weird spam/scam email I've gotten. We've ALL gotten spam and scam emails, but gee, this is the first one I've gotten that claims that the FBI wants to give me money and gee via the anti-terrorist and monitory crimes division to boot Here's the email I got (Quote) Anti-Terrorist and Monitory Crimes Division. Federal Bureau Of Investigation. J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington D.C Attn: Beneficiary, This is to Officially Inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly Investigated by the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you are having a Legal Transaction with one Barrister Robert Scheels of the Federal Ministry Of Finance Nigeria. During our Investigation, it came to our notice that the reason why you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfill your Financial Obligation giving to you in respect of your Contract/Inheritance Payment. So therefore, we have contacted the Federal Ministry Of Finance on your behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by arranging your payment in total of US$800,000.00 in an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw money in anywhere of the world. You now have the lawful right to claim your fund in the ATM CARD by contacting the ATM CARD CENTER. Also, we have being informed by Mr. Robert Scheels that he gave you instructions on how to proceed and contact the ATM CARD CENTER for their requirements to procure your Approval Slip which contains details of your PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (PIN) which you would use in activating and operating your ATM CARD in any ATM Machine closer to you and note that to procure your Approval Slip it would cost you $270.00. Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in this transaction, all you did have to do is to be rest assured for this is 100% risk free so do contact the ATM CARD CENTRE so they could let you know on how to make payment for the procurement of your Approval Slip which is the only payment needed before the delivery of your ATM CARD is being effected. Below are the contact details of the ATM CARD CENTRE which you are to proceed and contact them for their requirements to proceed and procure your Approval Slip after making payment of $270.00 CONTACT DETAILS Name: Mr. Paul Smith Email: ( I deleted this) We do await your response so we can move on with our Investigation and make sure your ATM SWIFT CARD gets to you. Thanks and hope to read from you soon. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller Note: Do disregard any email you get from any imposter or office claiming to be in possesion of your ATM CARD, you are adviced only to be in contact with Mr. Paul Smith of the ATM CARD CENTRE who is the rightful person you are suppose to deal with in regards your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward any email you get from imposters to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation. When I got this, I went over to the official FBI site itself and filed a complaint...I did a copy/paste of the email to them and included the full email address header. Okay what is the weirdest scam/spam email you've gotten...can you top being informed by the FBI that you have money
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25 responses
• United States
18 Mar 08
I hope that when you forwarded to the real FBI, you made sure that all of the email headers were intact. Then they can hopefully trace down who actually sent it. I would suggest sending it to our governor, but it seems that he's probably busy counting the pieces of his shattered career & reputation at this time.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
19 Mar 08
Yup--did forward this email to the real FBI complete with the full header so they can track it better. As for sending a copy to our governor..mm...nah, he's out of the picture now..and my oh, my the new governor has already told the press that he's had extramarital affairs....yeesh
• United States
19 Mar 08
Well - I have a feeling that Patterson could have denied everything, & they might have believed him. However, he was honest about it.
@magikrose (5423)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I honestly cant believe that these people think that we are stupid enough to fall for this crap after all od the others that have circulated so many times it is totally pathetic. I truly think these people are stupid for thinking that steeling other peoples money is the only way to get there own money.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I can't tell you how many of these scam type emails I get, but this one actually made me laugh--the FBI???
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I know what you mean. I had fallen for one of those one time. I went along with it until they told me they wanted me to send them money in order to get the money they were going to give me. Since that time, I have not even opened those emails.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
17 Mar 08
Thank you so much for such a good laugh. Oh my where do they come up with this stuff? Do they really think someone will fall for that? Wait, I take that back obviously they do and probably some are greedy enough to try it out. That one really takes the cake. To impersonate the FBI takes a lot of gall on their part. Somehow I don't think the FBI will find it as funny as we do and I really don't think the perpetrators will find it funny when they get busted. Hopefully, eventually they will be. Thanks again for the laugh. I needed it today.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Well I hope my report to the real FBI gets noticed...don't think they'll find it funny that some scammer is coming across as them--yes, is a good laugh though
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
19 Mar 08
Well if they are out of country not much the Feds can do about it really. Still I'm sure they will track it down and see if it's something they can do on it. In the mean time we get a good chuckle out of it and the spammers get nothing for it.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
17 Mar 08
Nope I havent but when it had Nigira in there that puts ya on guard double time boy the scammers thing they are smart to do this they think they have all bases covered dont they ? God for you for reporting it hugs
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
18 Mar 08
What gives with Nigeria though..they all seem to be from there
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
19 Mar 08
They think they are smart and sneaky and I have seen some of their places get raided on TV. but not the big guys they get out of it some how and set up again.
• United States
17 Mar 08
LMAO! That's wild!!! And sadly I bet it will work too. *sighs*
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Yep, some poor sucker will probably fall for this one
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• United States
20 Mar 08
Yeah no kidding...
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
17 Mar 08
Okay here go some laughs! [i]"(Quote) Anti-Terrorist and Monitory Crimes Division. Federal Bureau Of Investigation. J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington D.C "[/i] Pro says: This part of the FBI DOES NOT EXIST. The only thing that comes close is the CTD, Counter Terrorism Division http://www.fbi.gov/terrorinfo/counterrorism/waronterrorhome.htm J. Edgar Hoover does not require a period at the end of Edgar. -_- D.C. requires a period at the end. "Monitory" is defined as a warning or conveying a warning. I believe the letter meant..."monetary" Long story short: "Fail" "Attn: Beneficiary," Pro says: The FBI would not address you in this matter...at all. "This is to Officially Inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly Investigated by the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you are having a Legal Transaction with one Barrister Robert Scheels of the Federal Ministry Of Finance Nigeria. During our Investigation, it came to our notice that the reason why you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfill your Financial Obligation giving to you in respect of your Contract/Inheritance Payment. " Pro says: Officially, Inform, Financial and Obligation do not need to to be capitalized. The first sentence is a blatant run-on. Broken rule: Do not mention Nigeria. "It came to our notice" is improper grammar. It's "fulfilled" for a sentence involving events in the past tense. While the government may monitor, if you've not had contact with someone, then you've not had contact with them. How can the FBI monitor conversations that never happened?... -_- *snickers* "So therefore, we have contacted the Federal Ministry Of Finance on your behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by arranging your payment in total of US$800,000.00 in an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw money in anywhere of the world. You now have the lawful right to claim your fund in the ATM CARD by contacting the ATM CARD CENTER. " Pro says: So therefore is redundant and grammatically incorrect. The whole plan is illegal and not to mention very facetious and inaccurate. The ATM CARD CENTER is in all caps and too obvious, the place does not exist. "lawful right" is a red flag "Also, we have being informed by Mr. Robert Scheels that he gave you instructions on how to proceed and contact the ATM CARD CENTER for their requirements to procure your Approval Slip which contains details of your PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (PIN) which you would use in activating and operating your ATM CARD in any ATM Machine closer to you and note that to procure your Approval Slip it would cost you $270.00. Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in this transaction, all you did have to do is to be rest assured for this is 100% risk free so do contact the ATM CARD CENTRE so they could let you know on how to make payment for the procurement of your Approval Slip which is the only payment needed before the delivery of your ATM CARD is being effected." Pro says: Again the paragraph is loaded with grammatical errors. /facepalm. First its the ATM CARD CENTER, then its the ATM CARD CENTRE. If it was official the name wouldn't change once. -_- Remember that next time, silly scammers. "Below are the contact details of the ATM CARD CENTRE which you are to proceed and contact them for their requirements to proceed and procure your Approval Slip after making payment of $270.00" Pro says: More grammatical errors, the most notable being "which you are to proceed". -_- All and all worth some laughs. Still a pretty dumb scam. They must be running low on ideas.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Mar 08
Yes it does provide a lot of laughs...and yes no scam/spam email should mention Nigeria...I think too many of us are aware this is the number one scam country in the world as all these scams come from there
17 Mar 08
Hey, don't show these idiots how to do it better! Not that I think they could do it better.
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@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
17 Mar 08
I would jump all over that one, sounds legit to me. After all, they probably have a ton of money, and you're trustworthy as anyone to help this poor Nigerian guy. It's only 270.00....c'mon what have you got to lose?
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
19 Mar 08
Hehehe--yeah, it's only $270
• United States
17 Mar 08
Yea man people are so crazy. This sounds like a scam. I have been in similar situations like this. I would not believe something like this. If the FBI was going to give me money, it must truely be the end of the world...lol.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Gee, maybe next time I'll get an email notice from the CIA..hehee
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
17 Mar 08
Oh goodness I don't think I can top this one but am surprised I haven't gotten it myself - it seems I've gotten every other one in the world. What's scarey is there are actually people who will fall for this.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Yes this really seems to get special honors for the most imaginative..aren't I lucky!
@BarBaraPrz (20692)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
17 Mar 08
Dear Beneficiary... They obviously think you're stoopider than they are! Keep us informed of any response from the real FIB...
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Haven't heard yet from the real feds
@yudhyhg (116)
• Indonesia
17 Mar 08
wow...you must happy.........heeeee..anti terrorism agent wew hehehe
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Yes, this whole thing is hysterical
• Indonesia
17 Mar 08
Hehehehe.........thru ATM Card, you are ready to be robbed 270.00 dollar by Mr Paul.Dont ever give him any chance to decieve you. Send such emails to recyclebin! You are not alone, coz Mr Paul operates his network widely, with target in asia, africa, america.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
18 Mar 08
I've gotten a lot of bogus emails about an ATM card but this is the first from supposedly the FBI
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I have stopped even LOOKING at emails that say anything about "you won" or anything even remotely similar to that. I got very tired of having to deal with these things. Most of the time, I don't even open them. The ones from paypal I do open long enough to forward to paypals spoof account, but that is it. I guess I could start opening them long enough to send them to the company that supposedly sent them, but I get so many that I wouldn't be able to get anything done if I did.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I normally don't report any of these scam emails either, but I did contact the FBI themself as I thought they should know they are being used and involved with this latest scam
• Canada
17 Mar 08
haha that is hilarious! I wish the FBI would offer me money! That would be amazing. There is nothing as cool as free money.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Mar 08
Hey maybe next time it'll be the CIA that wants to give me money
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
18 Mar 08
That is messed up-- I wonder how many innocent people -- think oh yeah! and call and pay the $270 in order to get $800K. It is sad to think anyone would fall for this-- but I bet some people do... Elderly people come to mind the quickest... Glad you forwarded this on to the FBI-- and hopefully it will be stopped-- we all know that when one stops another one starts soon after. It's too bad that this world is coming to people trying to get rich quick-- by ripping other people off! I just get the normal ones--- paypal.. a lot from banks-- about changing my information due to fraudulent activity-- funny thing is-- I dont even belong to the banks that I get the e-mails from. !!
• United States
18 Mar 08
OMG that has to be the stupidest thing anyone has ever tried to pull guaranteed that guys going to jail lol Seriously it seems fishy to begin with then the second they ask for $270 it's like the scam alarm goes off.
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@Darkwing (21588)
17 Mar 08
No... I think that one takes first prize, my friend. If they must use the word "Nigeria", which is a give-away for a start, then they'd best go learn English grammar and spelling too, because the FBI's secretary would not make the mistakes they have. Why don't you contact the FBI and thank them for their pending payment. I'd love to be a fly on the wall!!! Brightest Blessings, my dear friend, and thank you for sharing.x
@sirnose (2440)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I get those kind of e-mails all the time it makes me sick that these con artist think that people are so stupid to fall for this old scam.I receive about 2 or 3 of these scam e-mails every day.I just report it as spam to my yahoo account and as phishing scam to my msn account.
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• United States
23 Mar 08
OMG..now that's a bold one. it's amazing what people will try to get people's bank numbers.i bet the fbi's loving that one. i think you do have the winner :)
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
20 Mar 08
I feel sooo ashamed that I can't top your lovely letter announcing you have money waiting for your approval/payment, pye. The spam/scam gods must think very highly of you to get one.