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Nigerian criminals pose as FBI in new email scam

"Attention, this is the final warning you are going to receive from me do you get me?" And so begins another long-winded, grammatically challenged attempt by tenacious Nigerian cyber criminals to trick Americans into wiring payments to a vaguely official businessman in the country's capital, Lagos.

 

As opposed to the traditional Nigerian email scam, or 419 scam, this one doesn't offer victims a substantial sum of money, but instead promises protection from the long arm of the law.

Spotted by the watchdog website Cyber Warzone, this particular scam, made to look as if it comes from the FBI's Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes division, informs you that the FBI will close your bank accounts, arrest you within 72 hours and book you on charges of terrorism, money laundering and drug trafficking.

The subject line of the email usually read :"FBI OFFICIAL NOTICE /// FBI OFFICE GET BACK TO US IMMEDIATELY IF YOU DONT WANT US TO ARREST YOU AND JAIL FOR YOUR OWN GOOD."

The message, which is seven paragraphs long and riddled with poor grammar, is alleged to have been signed by the official-looking "Robert Mueller II" (the current director of the FBI is Robert Mueller III).

The scammer even go further to say that the impending legal action can be stopped if only the victim would send $98 via Western Union to Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in care of one Chi Jacob.

"Once Jacob receives your money, he will sign and endorse an official certificate that will put a halt to the FBI's investigation" the email obtained by Cyber Warzone said.

The scam email went further to tell potential victims that as a reward for their prompt responses, $10,500,000, would be transferred to the victims' account.

But the FBI says "If you receive this, or any unsolicited email, especially one with blatant spelling and grammar mistakes that asks for money, ignore it. Never hand over any personally identifiable information via email, not matter how legitimate the offer sounds.

MSNBC