As the scammers get more seasoned, they also become bolder, and more "creative".
Here is a set of emails that were sent to me by various scam attempt recepients.
They claim that they are law enforcement, from Metropolitan Police in the UK, to the FBI, and others.
They all warn the prospective victims of all the scams on the internet and then proceed to vouch for the very scam they have sent earlier to the same person, giving him a false sense of verification and validation.
From: Police Metropolitan
Subject: FROM METROPOLITAN POLICE...........GET BACK TO US.
To: "some one"
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 6:56 AM
Nice to hear from you,
We discovered that their a lot of internet scams that is why the Chevron Texaco Oil nd Gas Company came for our assitants.
Thank God that they belief from evidence that we are there to serve peopple.some came with evidence that serves reality that some scamer use to to scam peoople which will dont want you all to get involve that is the most reason that we dont want you to loose your funds because its your,and we are trying for you so that our draft can get to you.
We will advice you that you should to get back to the Anthony Barrister Sheiok Hennesy so that she will give give neccessary advice to follow so that your funds shall get to you,and try to comply with what she ask you to do.And do always get back to us more more advice.
Sir Paul Stephenson
And another one from the FBI:
From: Paul Rex
Subject: Award Alert From FBI... We are Investigation Chill Charl On Insures Related To Fraud.
To: "some one"
Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 1:43 PM
Dear [Name withheld],
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Has discovered through our intelligence Monitoring Network, that you had a transaction with the FREE LOTTERY ONLINE Anniversary Int. Mega Jackpot UK,as the Beneficiary of the said $2,000,000.00 (Two Million United States Dollars) confirmed in a Cash Consignment with Lewis Robert Tellar in India
So the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) WASHINGTON DC, in conjunction with the Scotland Yard, Has screened through our various Monitoring Networks and has been confirmed and notified that the transaction you have with FREE LOTTERY Anniversary Lottery Int. Mega Jackpot UK is Legal and you have the Lawful Right to claim your due Prize of $2,000,000.00(Two Million United States Dollars) confirmed in a Cash Consignment.
We advise you to go ahead with Lewis Robert Tellar for the payment requested by him as we are monitoring all their services and network. Be advised that any letter or lottery Notification received from anybody or company should be forwarded to us with immediate effect.
The UK Government has spent over 1.7 million pounds to make sure scammers are brought before the law. They are still ready to spend more to make sure they are brought before the law.Meanwhile, you are advised to continue with the procedure of the Lottery House FREE LOTTERY Anniversary Lottery Int. with Lewis Robert Tellar,
They have their own legal procedure which we have examined and confirmed Legal. Do Follow their instructions while you keep us updated for more details. You are advised to contact the necessary office for more details of Transfer of your funds so far as we are monitoring every move now.
Please, be advised and be aware that your won funds of approximately $2,000,000.00 has been inssued out in a check by The CEO of FREE LOTTERY ONLINE as confirmed by the Monitoring network. For your own good you are advised to confirm any lottery promo you have either involved your self with in the past to enable us investigate if they are scammers.
This lottery Promotion has been confirmed Legal and every others are still under investigation, and so many others are scam, most especially from the UK and ASIA
You are advised to respond to the Lottery Management as soon as possible so that your prize can be conveyed to you in your convenient channel you deem fit to have it delivered to you,MAKE SURE YOU AVOID ANY TRANSACTION WITH ANDY BENSON and CHILL CHARL,THEY ARE UNDER SERIOUS INVESTIGATION FOR INVOLVING WITH FRAUD PRACTICES.
Please note that you are to send to us your personal authentic valid I.D CARD Or Any Form Of Identification details to commence more investigation on this case E.g,
1.NAME IN FULL,
4.HOW MANY TIMES YOU HAVE BEEN SCAMMED,
5 TELEPHONE NUMBER,
You are thereby advice to get back to the new consultant LEWIS ROBERT TELLAR for more information in regards to your won Prize and any email from our consultant to you should also be sent down to us so that we can further and process your won claims/Prize on time.
Contact Person:Lewis Robert Tellar.
I await your swift and positive response towards this mail as soon as possible
Detective Paul Rex
Head Officer,Internet Crimes And Fraud Investigator
FBI UK Internet Fraud Watch/Alert
Tel +1 448 280 0444
Fax +1 448 280 0888
And another one:
From: "Metropolitan Police Service"
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2009 19:22:50 +0100
Subject: Your payment overview
LONDON METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE.
ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING UNIT
Wellington House 67-73 Buckingham Gate
London SW1E 6BE
RE: AN IN-DEPT INVESTIGATION INTO YOUR DELAYED PAYMENT
We wish to inform you that it has come to our notice through our online security service that a huge amount of United States Dollars was scheduled to be remitted into your bank account a few months ago.
According to the report we received from the paying bank here in London, it states expressly that you have been dealing with the wrong people who have used several fake documents to obtain money from you for payment of charges/fees which we consider to be obnoxious.
We have been mandated to step into your transaction and put a STOP ORDER pending until you revert to us for clarification why your money is been delayed more than is necessary. You are hereby advised to stop further communications with your partners in Africa and Europe and co-operate with us to assist you get your payment in record time.
The government of the United Kingdom will not hesitate to bring you to book if you ignore this notice as your payment is causing so much embarrassment to our government and global financial Institutions who repose so much trust in the British banking sector for competence and accountability.
We have resolved with the internal Minister that your money should be paid to you through an Interswitch ATM Card (Automatic Teller Machine) You will only be allowed to withdraw $50,000 per day. The ATM will be loaded with $10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars Only. This is inline with the international monetary regulations that not more than $10M should be loaded in an ATM Card. The PIN (Personal Identification Number) would be sent to you alone to your private email box for security reasons.
In view of the foregoing, you are expected to send us your mailing address where you wish the ATM card to me mailed to you by a UK Courier Company. You must also send us proof of ownership of the said fund before we can be able to process your ATM Card. This is for security reasons as there are many fraudsters on the internet.
We look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.
My direct telephone number is:+44 70457 17275
Direct fax:+44 8709 743597
We are glad to be of services to you.
Inspector Donald Boldman
Metropolitan Police Service
CC: British Home Office Logistics Department
CC: United States Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
Beware of these new tactics, and do not fall for them.