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The FBI...apperently...

Office Of The Deputy Director,
Andrew McCabe,
Federal Bureau Of Investigation,
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW, Washington, D.C. 20535-0001, USA.


Attention: Beneficiary,


The Federal Bureau of investigation in collaboration with the International Monetary Fund has discovered your over-due inheritance / contract payment of US$8,000,000.00 (Eight Million United States Dollars) in an escrow account in the Central Bank of Nigeria.


From the security report made available to us by the executive governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in the person of Mr Godwin Emefiele, the funds are 100% real and have been approved for release to you, but a lady by the name of Mrs. Joan B Melvin of New York has already filed an application of claim at the Central Bank of Nigeria with a power of attorney and some official documents signed by you, which empowered her to claim the funds on your behalf due to your ill health.


In prospect of this, we have been recommended to warn US citizens who have received information pertaining to their outstanding inheritance / contract payment to be very careful, in order not to fall a victim of ugly circumstance. In case you are already dealing with some cruel officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria or other agency, you are strictly advised to STOP further communication with them in your best interest and thereby contact the governor's office of the Central Bank of Nigeria via the below details:


NAME: MR. GODWIN EMEFIELE
OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria,
Central Business District,
Cadastral Zone, Abuja, Federal.
Capital Territory, Nigeria.
Email: cenbnkng0015@aol.com


NOTE: You should ignore any message that does not come from the above email address and phone number for security reasons. And to enable the Central Bank of Nigeria process and release the fund to you, you are demanded to re-confirm your full details such as


FULL NAMES:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP:
COUNTRY:
SEX:
AGE:
TELEPHONE NUMBER:


Ensure that you follow the Central Bank of Nigeria due process as enshrined in the International Banking Secrecy Act to avoid any form of discrepancy, which may hinder your fund transfer.


Thanks for your understanding and cooperation as we earnestly await your urgent reply.


Best Regards,
Andrew McCabe,
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building,
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW, Washington, D.C.
E-mail: usfbidirector015@aol.com

So, apart from the glaring obvious crap.
The IP address 10.98.81.69 appears to be rather unique, in that I can't track it's origin.
I suppose there was bound to be one of these at some point.
The E-mail address appears to be located in Japan, as indicated by the ".jp" at the end of it.
Message ID being 20170702152846.02AF54E5922@msgw008-04.ocn.ad.jp, meaning it was sent from that country, by an ad driver.

This data directly contradicts the location they gave me.
On a few occasions actually.
they also decided to give an E-mail address to contact them which is not the one they sent from. This simply isn't common practice.

Is much as I wish I had that kind of money, it would be asking for a miracle. I'm also 100% certain that I am not related to anyone with that kind of money, either now, or anywhere in history.

The FBI won't send E-mails like this, or for that matter, AT ALL.

But the biggest thing that I really should note... The FBI doesn't do THIS...

One would need to be pretty uneducated to fall for this.

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I get spam messages from the Fake Bureau of Investigation fairly often - at least once a week or so. I also get lots of messages from exotic ladies begging for me to become the love of their life.

(Another possibility is they're way more interested in duping me out of money.)
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I get spam messages from the Fake Bureau of Investigation fairly often - at least once a week or so. I also get lots of messages from exotic ladies begging for me to become the love of their life.

(Another possibility is they're way more interested in duping me out of money.)
...About that....

Olga...whoever that is...

Greetings, How is it going?
I'm Olga, I am very kind woman and at present trying to find man, if You want to date me ;)
Where are you from? What is your birthday? Do you have a Credit Card?
write to me at [redacted] Send me your photo till next time!
Where do I even begin?

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One nice thing about Gmail is it tends to either catch or toss stuff like this in the ever-ignorable Promotions tab. My dad's work email's junk tab is absolutely loaded with "Russian women" offers. o_O

We haven't actually gotten a Nigerian scam in a while. When we did, it was always a physical letter.
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One nice thing about Gmail is it tends to either catch or toss stuff like this in the ever-ignorable Promotions tab. My dad's work email's junk tab is absolutely loaded with "Russian women" offers. o_O

We haven't actually gotten a Nigerian scam in a while. When we did, it was always a physical letter.

And all that is just the tip of the iceburg.

You ever gotten one of those letters with the fake check for a stupid amount of money?

That was one event where I threw the people at my bank for a loup. I handed the check to them and and immediately identified the scam to them.
There was a bit of a pause before one of them told me: "Normally we have to explain to the person in detail why we can't cash the check."

Does leave me worried about how uneducated people are about these scams, to be honest.
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For me, Gmail is pretty good about sending obvious garbage to the Spam folder, and dismissing legitimate but unimportant promotional messages to the Promotions tab. There are exceptions, though - I once got an e-mail from an actual Google recruiter, and it landed in the Spam folder!

A few years ago, my late grandmother got a letter on Pepsi letterhead from someone claiming to be "Mark Teixeira" - yes, the same name as the former Yankees slugger. It said she won a fake contest run by Pepsi - a contest she never entered. It was very not legit.
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And all that is just the tip of the iceburg. You ever gotten one of those letters with the fake check for a stupid amount of money?
Oh boy, have we! At least three or so, most of which resulted in short shouting matches between me and my dad. By the last one or two, he'd heard it from the bank enough to trust me about fake checks being a thing from that point on.

I've learned a few ways to identify fake checks from that at the very least.
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How about Blackmail letters?
It's been some time since I last got one, and I'm afraid I have no examples on hand, but I've actually gotten about 3 or 4 before.

It's a bit unnerving when it seems like someone has some dirt on you. but usually, they are just making things up.
Even if true, if they go through with the threats, you can sue them for a colossal amount of damages.

I've never done that though, and the things people have tried to blackmail me for were either obviously fake, or just playing words I use every day, like how I label myself as a "Hacker".
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...My elderly...dead...aunt...
I'm Janette, I am looking to find a man's fat {redacted} to {redacted}.I will do things to you that you have only dreamed about, all the kinky {OH FOR THE LOVE OF GOD REDACTED!}If you want to know more, visit {Website URL redacted} for all the twisted {Redacted} vile sick {redacted} you have wanted to see.
Janette Shorty

A wiiiiiiiiiiide miss with this one!
That came from the E-mail address once owned by my late aunt...

Oh my god where is the brain bleach... I need to get this disturbing imagery out of my head.

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Well, that's pretty messed up! Sounds like your late aunt's account has been hacked, unless it's e-mail spoofing.

I've gotten a lot of spam e-mails lately from spambots pretending to be jilted lovers. They're incredibly vulgar and hateful, but fortunately, they're obviously spam. I guess spammers think that if you're dumb enough, you might click on a message if it appears to be from an angry former lover.
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