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The FBI’s ATM Card

Good thing I’m not dumb as a box of rocks, or I might think the Director of the FBI wants me to send him $110.

Folks, for years now I sometimes play a game here on T4E called Let’s Count The Typos! where I post samples of 419 scam e-mails, various phishing scam e-mails, and other cybercrime ‘attack’ e-mails (such as emails with a virus attached). I do this for two reasons: one, to educate readers about online fraud; and, two, the Engrish is often hilarious.

An alert reader (thank you Larry C.) sent me this 419 scam e-mail, and when I read it, all I could say was “wow”. It is insulting on many levels, but it does have this going for it —> I think it just may be the All Time Winner of the game, and I think you are going to say “wow” too…

Once Again It’s Time To Play Let’s Count The Typos!

> From:

> Subject: Beneficiary
> Date: Tue, 18 May 2010 22:42:50 +0700
> To:
> Attn: Beneficiary,
> This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly Investigated with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you are having an illegal Transaction with Impostors claiming to be Prof. Charles C. Soludo of the Central Bank Of Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Aziza, MrFrank Nweke, none officials of Oceanic Bank, Zenith Banks, kelvin Young of HSBC,Ben of Fedex,Ibrahim Sule,Larry Christopher, Puppy Scammers are impostors claiming to be the Federal Bureau Of Investigation. During our Investigation, we noticed that the reason why you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfilled your Financial Obligation given to you in respect of your Contract/Inheritance Payment.
> Therefore, we have contacted the Federal Ministry Of Finance on your behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by cordinating your payment in total USD$11,000.000.00 in an ATM CARD which you can use to withdraw money from any ATM MACHINE CENTER anywhere in the world with a maximum of $4,000 to $5,000 United States Dollars daily. You now have the lawful right to claim your fund in an ATM CARD.
> Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in this transaction, you have to be rest assured for this is 100% risk free it is our duty to protect the American Citizens. All I want you to do is to contact the ATM CARD CENTER via email for their requirements to proceed and procure your Approval Slip on your behalf which will cost you $110.00 only and note that your Approval Slip which contains details of the agent who will process your transaction.
> NAME: Mike Williams
> ¹
> Telephone Number: +234-803-357-0260
> You are adviced to contact Mr mike williams with the informations as stated below:
> Your full Name..
> Your Address:…………..
> Home/Cell Phone:…………..
> Age
> Current occupation:
> So your files would be updated after which he will send the payment informations which you’ll use in making payment of $110.00 via Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram Transfer for the procurement of your Approval Slip after which the delivery of your ATM CARD will be effected to your designated home address without any further delay.
> We order you get back to this office after you have contacted the ATM SWIFT CARD CENTER and we do await your response so we can move on with our Investigation and make sure your ATM SWIFT CARD gets to you.
> Thanks and hope to read from you soon.
> FBI Director Robert S.Mueller III.
> Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to

¹ .cn = China

… “Federal Ministry Of Finance”… “Intelligence Monitoring Network System”..
Wow. Good thing I’m not dumb as a box of rocks, or I might think the Director of the FBI wants me to send him $110.

Hey, Cyber Czar. I am fed up with this *stuff*. Can you do something about this please? Pretty please with sugar on top?

The following is not scam-related (nor Engrish)…

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  1. Not so new.

    I reported on this 5 months ago – “Nigerian Spammers Take On the FBI”.


    “Times must be tough in Spammer Land (Nigeria). Or, it could be, that the poor air and water quality, in this infamous country, is beginning to rot a few brains.

    How else to explain, spammers giving a deliberate “poke in the eye” to, of all organizations, the FBI. On the other hand, I suppose it’s possible to be both bold, and dead stupid, at the same time.

    In any event, it’s obvious the spammers who are responsible for a ludicrous email currently making the rounds, do not subscribe to the philosophy of “choose your enemies carefully, for they shall kick your ass”. In this case, I suspect, it won’t be very long before that happens.”

    Spammers simply re-wash the same old, same old.


    Comment by Bill Mullins | May 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Bill,
      Now that you have reminded me, I do remember reading – and enjoying – that article of yours. (Folks, you can read it here) You are quite right of course. These “forms” get recycled, and sold (and re-sold) between scammers… and some have been circulating for.. what, 25 years?

      Folks, if you want to stay abreast of Internet trends and learn the latest security information, I highly recommend you visit Bill Mullins Tech Thoughts. It was the first website I posted to my Blogroll, and Mr. Mullins was the first recipient of my Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award.


      Comment by techpaul | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. Bill and Paul,

    You can’t re-wash this enough. Definitely a reminder to us all. You would be surprised the people that actually do try or actually follow through. All about GREED on both sides. We laugh about the English in these scam/spam emails; however, many people (and I am talking a large number) within in our own Country read and write like this and would probably understand it (LOL).



    Comment by Ramblinrick | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. Rick,
    A couple of excellent points there… You will not get an argument from me.


    Comment by techpaul | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  4. لكم منى جزيل الشكر على تنبيهاتكم التى اسدت لنا معروفا ولكم منا كل الشكر على هذا التنبية انهانفس الرسالة بالنص وهذا من الغباء لكى يكتشف احتيالهم لكم منا كل الشكر


    Comment by يوسف عبد العزيز | May 22, 2010 | Reply

    • Yousef,
      Thank you for your support.. I think.

      Online Arabic to English translators didn’t too well…


      Comment by techpaul | May 22, 2010 | Reply

  5. I don’t understand why the FBI cannot shut down the email scammers.

    Here is a new peppy 1-minute video giving people advice on fraud and the responsible use of debit, ATM and credit cards.

    “Card Tricks Revealed: How Not To Burn Money”


    Comment by Jeff | October 25, 2010 | Reply

    • Jeff,
      It is pretty simple to understand why:
      1) There is no glory for the arresting officer. (It is not a “career launcher”)
      2) The scammer might live in a country that celebrates when Americans get shafted, and/or has no extradition.
      3) Most spam comes from our infected – and “botted” – computers, so tracking the mail leads back to Aunt Nelly, not the scammer.
      4) The FBI has bigger fish to fry.


      Comment by techpaul | October 25, 2010 | Reply

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