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Intelligence Note

Hello have you received an email claiming to be from the FBI for the Nigerian Finance House Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING IT IS FROM THE FBI SCAM SITE......

Prepared by the Internet Crime
Complaint Center (IC3)

December 10, 2008

Flurry of Spam Targeting the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Consumers continue to be inundated by spam purportedly from the
FBI. As with previous spam attacks, the latest versions use the names
of several high ranking executives within the FBI and even the IC3 to attempt to
defraud consumers.

Many of the spam e-mails currently in circulation claim to be an "official order"
from the FBI's Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division, from an alleged FBI
unit in Nigeria, confirm an inheritance or contain a lottery notification, all informing
recipients they have been named the beneficiary of millions of dollars.
To claim the large sum, recipients are instructed to furnish their personally identifiable
information (PII)
and are often threatened with some type of penalty, such as prosecution, if they
fail to do so. Specific PII information requested includes, but is not
limited to, the recipient's name, banking information, telephone number, and a copy
of their passport.

The spam e-mail allegedly from the IC3 states that the recipient has extorted money
and will be given a limited amount of time to refund the money or face prosecution.

Do not respond. These e-mails are a hoax.

The FBI does not send unsolicited e-mails of this nature. FBI Executives are briefed
on numerous investigations but do not personally contact consumers regarding such
matters. In addition, the IC3 does not send threatening letters to consumers demanding
payments for Internet crimes.

Consumers should not respond to any unsolicited e-mails or click on any embedded
links associated with such e-mails, as they may contain viruses or malware.

It is imperative consumers guard their PII. Providing your PII will compromise your

If you have been a victim of Internet crime, please file a complaint at

For previous PSAs concerning e-mail scams targeting the FBI and other government


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