FBI Lottery Scam

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This is a variation on the good old lottery scam — a scam so familiar that it may not be earning scammers much money as it used to. In this version, the scammer claims to be an FBI agent who has confirmed that you actually did win a lottery, and your money has already been deposited. If you’ll just send a small bank fee to an address in Nigeria (!), the money will be yours. The best that can be said for these scammers is that don’t hide what they’re really up to!

Reply-To: fbi.service@webmail.cd
From: “FEDERAL BUREAU INVESTIGATION” haiyen@tppc.com.vn
Subject: Mail from Fbi (Congratulation) !!!
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:53:53 +0800

FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001

ATTN: RECIPIENT

This is to officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly completed an investigation with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you legally won the sum of $800,000.00 USD. from a Lottery Company outside the United States of America. During our investigation we discovered that your e-mail won the money from an Online Balloting System and we have authorized this winning to be paid to you via a Certified Cashier’s Check.

Normally, it will take up to 10 business days for an International Check to be cashed by your local banks. We have successfully notified this company on your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a registered bank within the United States of America so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $800,000.00 USD. has been deposited with Bank Of America.

We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive the winning prize as we have verified the entire transaction to be Safe and 100% risk free, due to the fact that the funds have been deposited at Bank Of America you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the Lottery Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located in Lagos, Nigeria,. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the following –

Deposit Fee’s (Fee’s paid by the company for the deposit into an American Bank which is – Bank of America)

Cashier’s Check Conversion Fee (Fee for converting the Wire Transfer payment into a Certified Cashier’s Check)

The total amount for everything is $120.00 (One Hundred and twenty USD.) We have tried our possible best to indicate that this $120.00 should be deducted from your winning prize but we found out that the funds have already been deposited at Bank Of America and cannot be accessed by anyone except the legal owner (you), the winner; therefore you will be required to pay the required fee’s to the Agent in-charge of this transaction via Western Union Money Transfer Or MoneyGram.

In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge (JAMES FREEMAN) via e-mail. Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information:

CONTACT AGENT NAME: JAMES FREEMAN
E-MAIL ADDRESS: agentfjames@lycos.com
You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:
FULL NAME:
ADDRESS:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP CODE:
DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER:

You will also be required to request Western Union details on how to send the required $120.00 in order to immediately ship your prize of $800,000.00 USD via Certified Cashier’s Check drawn from Bank of America, and also include the following Fund Reference Identification : EA2948-910.

This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $120.00 ONLY to AGENT JAMES FREEMAN via information in which he shall send to you, if you do not receive your winning prize of $800,000.00 we shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $3,000 which will be made PAYABLE ONLY to you (The Winner).

Please find below an authorized signature which has been signed by the FBI Public Affairs Director – James B. Comey

James B. Comey
Public Affairs Director – FBI.

NOTE: In order to ensure rapid response for the Fund won, contact AGENT JAMES FREEMAN as soon as possible providing the required information needed from you above

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Hijab Financial Loan (scam alert)

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Low-interest loan scams often work the same way as any other advance fee fraud. The scammer offers you a loan, say of $1000, but requires that the interest, say $100, be paid up front. If you make the mistake of sending the $100 in interest, the loan “company” vanishes, never to be heard from again. That’s because it never was a “company” — it was just a scammer with a cell phone and a free email address.

Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016
From: “Hijab Financial Loan.” asantand@ucab.edu.ve
Reply-To: “Hijab Financial Loan.” hijabfinancialloan@gmail.com
Subject: REE: QUICK LOAN.

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Google 2016 Official Award Winning Notification (scam)

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Scammers often use the names of companies and organizations that have a positive public image in order to hook people into their scams. This message claims to be from Google, a company most people know and respect, and says you have won a prize. What could be better? Alas, it’s really a scam message, similar to a lottery scam, and the real Google has nothing to do with it.

Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2016
From: Google 2016 anniversary award centre hrodriguez02@mindeporte.gob.ve
Reply-To: null david220drummond@googlemail.com
Subject: Google 2016 Official Award Winning Notification Letter

Dear Google User,

You have been selected as a winner for using Google services. Find attached email with more details.

Congratulations,

Larry Page
CEO of Google

©2016 Google Incorporation

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Christy Xavier, Aging Widow (scam alert)

One of the most common types of advance fee scam is the widow-dying-of-cancer scam. These are so common you would think they wouldn’t work any more, but if they didn’t work the scammers wouldn’t keep sending them, so you know some people do still fall for them. The example below is shorter than most — some scammers go into great detail, but others figure if they can hook you with a short message they may have a better chance of reeling you in.

Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:05:41 -0430 (VET)
From: simon martinez simon.martinez@defensapublica.gob.ve
Reply-To: x.chrisxavier@hotmail.com

I am Mrs. Christy Xavier an aging widow suffering from cancer, I have some funds I am willing to donate through you to non-profit charitable organization amounting £8.3Million pounds and my estate in Indiana (USA). 50% of the total sum should be transferred to any orphanage home. You can help your community with the remaining 50% and for your services to carryout this last wish for me

UPDATE: Christy Xavier is persistent! A few days after sending the message above she sent a followup:

Date: Wed, 20 May 2015
From: Christy Xavier victor.yaulema@ame.gob.ec
Reply-To: xavier.00293@msn.com

I recently left you a message.

Before she was emailing from Venezuela (.ve) and now from Ecuador (.ec). Christy gets around!

ACORN FOUNDATION

Sometimes you get a message that looks like a scam, but the situation it describes sounds downright plausible. Hmm, could this one be real?

From: Barack OBAMA (mrbarack@theuspresident.com)
Reply-to: elpresidente@acorn.ve
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2009 09:37:38 +0000
Subject: ACORN FOR THE CHILDREN

My dear one,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family. I must apologize for contacting you in this manner, as we have not met personally.

I am Barack OBAMA, the President of the united States of America (USA). I got your name by searching the internet for a reliable partner who would share my dream to help the poor children of the world.

Since a child growing up in the ghetto of Chicago. I have wanted to help poor children. With the assistance of the minister of my church, we started a charitable foundation called ACORN (Assisting Children of Revolutionary Nations). My plan was to follow in the foot steps of distinguished American presidents like Bill Clinton who created the Clinton Foundation to encourage charitable work around the whole globe.

Our ACORN foundation has accumulated many millions of dollars through donations from union workers and generous American employees. We have already begun bringing poor girls from latin America to take on jobs in the US service industries. And this is just our beginning.

But my political enemies are seeking to destroy my accomplishments and i need your help. The Republican party have launched a campaign of lies and violence to recall our funds. Because of their attacks, we have had to take our ACORN money and place it in a trunk box with a private security company located in Los Angeles, California. The security company does not know the content, as it is described as expired ballot papers.

I would need you to pick up this box and keep care of it until my retirement in 2016. My associate Mr Rathke will give you the secret key and the location of the box if you will help us. I assure you this transaction is 100% hitch free and fully legal. My political rivals do not know you and you will be safe.

For your assistance I would appoint you as Eminent Second Vice President of the ACORN Foundation, with an annual salary of $250,000 (two hundred fifty thousand U.S. dollars), payable for ten years. You will be entrusted to use this money as you see fit for the social upliftment of the children of the world.

Please contact me by private email only (elpresidente@acorn.ve). Because we both fear god I know I can depend on you to keep this between us and no one else. When I have your assurance, I will send Mr Rathke to contact you with the details.

For the children,

(Mr.) Barack OBAMA
The ACORN Foundation