FBI Fraud Alert
A poster has been created by the FBI to provide critical information about scamming and fraud devices used by criminals. (Click on this image to see a larger version.) Specifically, this poster addresses the Internet Fraudulent Check Scam, Foreign Lottery Scam, Nigerian Fraud Scam, Re-Shippers Facilitating Illicit Money Transfers, and the Phishing Scam. It also addresses these scams used in combination or in tandem. Many of these scams are perpetrated by foreign individuals and originate outside the United States. These individuals hide behind the anonymity of the internet and the inherent logistical and cultural barriers facing U.S. law enforcement in coordinating with foreign law enforcement to bring the perpetrators to justice.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OR SUSPECT FRAUD:
If you suspect a payment or check is fraudulent or a scam, contact your bank branch manager. Financial Institutions and/or customers who have suffered a loss are encouraged to report the loss to law enforcement. One avenue is the FBI's Internet Fraud Complaint Center website.
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of course i did not send the $200.00 to "Sam".BUT HOW CAN SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN,THE FBI BETTER STEP-UP THEIR GAME AND GET THESE "FRAUD ORGANIZATIION".
Posted by: carlton g.dandridge at Feb 10, 2010 7:52:32 PM
i have been receiving LOTTERY,INHERITANCE AND SOME KIND OF WINNINGS SINCE NOVEMBER OF 2009 over the internet thur my e-mail address.i just received another January 10,2010,e-mail to my address stating that i'm the winner of $800,000.00U.S.DOLLar's and with a "FBI SEAL" and the names are SAMUEL OLIVER(CONTACT AGENT) and a Authorized Signature
of a FBI Director "Robert Mueller"!$200.to be sent "Sam"!!!!
Posted by: carlton g.dandridge at Feb 10, 2010 7:46:56 PM
Yet another scam !!!!!
Lottery Payment Information INTL-FBI-283
From: Federal Bureau Of Investigation (William_Bannister@uml.edu)
You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as junk
Sent: Thu 10/29/09 11:14 PM
Anti-Terrorist and International Fraud Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
935 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20535
This e-mail has been issued to you by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to Officially inform you that we have completed an investigation on an International Payment in which was issued to you by an International Lottery Company which was designated to be allocated from Nigeria. According to our completed investigation, a Multi-National Lotto company located in Nigeria launched a Lottery System whereby a Software is built to randomly select different alphabets and then select different domains and whichever e-mail seems valid and working wins.
According to our discovery, your e-mail address has legally won you the sum of $1,600,000.00 (One Million, Six Hundred Thousand US Dollars). We discovered that your e-mail address won the Lottery as they advertised your e-mail address all over Nigerian websites, TV stations and even Radio Stations for Advertisement in order to lure other people into playing their Lottery. The Federal Bureau of Investigation found out that the Lottery took place last month and when the Lottery Company was contacted they gave assurance that the winning e-mail address has been contacted, however we discovered that people in which have been contacting you in regards to all types of Money Transfers, Winnings are ALL fake.
The impostors obtained your e-mail address via the public notification of your Lottery Winning, they therefore sent you several false letters. You are immediately advised by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to IMMEDIATELY stop all communication with any individual who claims to offer money from an old account, people who claim to work for Central Bank of Nigeria, etc.
We have completed this investigation and you are hereby APPROVED to receive the winning prize stated above as we have verified the entire transaction to be Safe and 100% risk free as the ONLY trusted agent whom has been authorized to handle this transaction is "Mr. Samuel Oliver". According to the Lottery Company, the total sum of $1,600,000 has been deposited at a Security Company (The Hamilton Group) and is hereby Available for you to make a withdrawal.
In order to have the winning prize delivered to you via a Certified Cashier's Check which shall be issued by Bank of America, you will be required to pay for the following below-
1. Cashier's Check Conversion Fee ( Fee for converting the International Payment into a Bank of America Certified Cashier's Check )
2. Shipping Charges ( This is the charge for shipping the Cashier's Check to your home address )
The total cost of both required documents would cost $300.00 (Three Hundred US Dollars) and your check shall be delivered to you within 24 hours after confirmation of payment by your authorized agent. The Federal Bureau of Investigation attempted to deduct the required $300.00 from your winning prize, however a pre-authorized check has already been issued out and cannot be reversed. You are therefore responsible for the requested fee of $300.00, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has authorized you to be rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk free. Therefore, you are to trust ONLY your transaction agent (Mr. Samuel Oliver).
In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge ( Mr. Samuel Oliver ) via e-mail. Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information:
CONTACT AGENT NAME: Samuel Oliver
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:
DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER:
You will also be required to request details on how to send the required $300.00 in order to immediately ship your prize of $1,600,000 via Certified Cashier's Check issued by Bank Of America, also include the following transaction code in order for him to immediately identify this transaction : INTL-FBI-283.
This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $300.00 ONLY to Mr. Samuel Oliver via information in which he shall send to you, if you do not receive your winning prize of $1,600,000 we shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $8,000 which will be made PAYABLE ONLY to you (The Winner).
ROBERT S. MUELLER, III
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535
NSB SEAL ABOVE
NOTE: In order to ensure your check gets delivered to you ASAP, you are advised to immediately contact Mr. Samuel Oliver via contact information provided above and make the required payment of $300.00 to information in which he shall provide to you.
Posted by: Agnes at Oct 30, 2009 12:45:28 AM
General public beware of such email!!!!!!!!!!!
MESSAGE FROM F.B.I WASHINGTON DC!!!
From: email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as junk
Sent: Fri 10/30/09 12:33 AM
Anti-Terrorist And Monetary Crimes DivisionFBI Headquarters In Washington, D.C.Federal Bureau Of InvestigationJ. Edgar Hoover Building 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001 Attn: Beneficiary,
Attn: Beneficiary, This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly completed an Investigation with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you legally won the sum of $900,000.00 USD from a Lottery Company outside the United States of America. During our investigation we discovered that your e-mail won the money from an Online Balloting System and we have authorized this winning to be paid to you via a Certified Cashier's Check or to be transfer into your Bank account. Normally, it will take up to 10 business days for an International Check to be cashed by your local bank. We have successfully notified this company on your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a registered bank in Nigeria so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $900,000.00 USD has been deposited with Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB). We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive the winning prize as we have verified the entire transaction to be Safe and 100% risk free, due to the fact that the funds have been deposited at Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the Lottery Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located in Lagos, Nigeria. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the following - (1) Deposit Fee's ( Fee's paid by the company for the deposit into an Nigeria Bank which is - Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB)(2) Cashier's Check Conversion Fee ( Fee for converting the Wire Transfer payment into a Certified Cashier's Check )(3) Shipping Fee's ( This is the charge for shipping the Cashier's Check to your home address and this fee includes Insurance ) The total amount for everything is $600.00 (Six Hundred-US Dollars). We have tried our possible best to indicate that this $600.00 should be deducted from your winning prize but we found out that the funds have already been deposited at Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) and cannot be accessed by anyone apart from you the winner, therefore you will be required to pay the required fee's to the Agent in-charge of this transaction via Western Union Money Transfer Or Money Gram. In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge ( MR. ALLEN BUCHALTER) via e-mail. Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information: CONTACT AGENT NAME: MR. ALLEN BUCHALTERE-MAIL ADDRESS: email@example.comTelephone Number : +234-802-211-8059 You will be required to e-mail him with the following information: FULL NAME:ADDRESS:CITY:STATE:ZIP CODE:DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER: You will also be required to request Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram details on how to send the required $600.00 in order to immediately ship your prize of $900,000.00 USD via Certified Cashier's Check drawn from Guaranty Trust Bank, (GTB) also include the following transaction code in order for him to immediately identify this transaction : EA2948-91090. This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $600.00 ONLY to MR. ALLEN BUCHALTER via information in which he shall send to you, if you do not receive your winning prize of $900,000.00 we shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $3,000 which will be made PAYABLE ONLY to you (The Winner).
Posted by: Agnes at Oct 30, 2009 12:43:15 AM
I recieved this e mail twice now and it seems a little skecthy to me so I thought I should probably report it.
I really hope we can put an end to this kind of stuff someday
From: Kaye Waghorne
To: undisclosed-recipients : ;
Subject: Goodday Friend,
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2008 21:33:40 -0700 (Sat, 00:33 EDT)
Mailer: iPlanet Messenger Express 5.2 HotFix 2.12 (built May 22 2006)
I just want to inform you that I have deposited your ATM MASTER CARD
of $910,000.00 USD United state dollars to the FedEx Delivery services
here in West Africa, due to fact that I have waited enough to hear
from you so that your funds will be transferred through UNITED BANK OF
AFRICA (UBA) here, but because of the late response I now decide to
deposit the ATM MASTER CARD with the FEDEX DELIVERY SERVICES with your
previous information as you listed it that time.
I have paid to them their delivery charges & insurance coverage fee,
the only fee to be paid again is their security safe keeping fee of
$64.99 dollars only.I would have paid that but they said no because
they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.
I will be traveling to IRAQ to see my boss and I will not come back
till next four months, therefore I will advise you to contact the
FEDEX SHIPMENT officer with his contact information as listed below
for the avoidance of increase of their security safe keeping fee.
Note that I packaged the ATM MASTER CARD inside an African magazine
where nobody will notice the content, I also told the shipment officer
Mr.Gerald Oliver, that it is ordinary African magazine I want to
deliver to my friend overseas to avoid further delay unless you delay
to send their security safe keeping fee.
Attention: Mr.Gerald Oliver Shipment Officer Of FedEx delivery
Tel: +234 805 157 4147
Shipment Code: FED/00987-887641
Parcel Number: 9972201-003
Also below is the information they need to deliver the ATM MASTER CARD
in form of African Magazine to your address, this is to avoid wrong
I already gave them your delivery address but you have to re-confirm
it to them ok.
Please make sure the information is complete as they promised that
once they receive their security safe keeping fee within 2 to 3
working days the magazine will arrived your door step according to the
Once again, the FedEx delivery services do not know the content of the
parcel, I registered it as an African magazine they don't know it
ATM MASTER CARD inside, this is to avoid them delaying the delivery
and besides I don't want you to lose your inheritance funds.
Your ATM MASTER CARD withdrawing access pin code number is (7604) take
note, once you receive the card you take it to any cash point around
your area, slot it in and enter the pin code for withdrawal, the
amount you are to withdrew per day is USD$2,000.00. (Two Thousand
United State dollars)per day. Also ask them on how you are to make the
payment for the security fee to them so they can effect immediate
delivery on your parcel.
Posted by: Kori Anstey at Aug 4, 2008 12:16:04 AM
i can get u the information of the frauds who are making fraud certificates and applying for foreign universities......
please give the details of the concern depatrment i will give the info.......
Posted by: james at Mar 23, 2008 6:33:28 AM
I got a letter too. but the difference is that I did aswered and even check the money like they told me to do! I am so scared now I dotn know what to do.
Posted by: Irma Carbajal at Sep 19, 2007 1:05:06 PM
I got a letter from Valiant Financial Services with a check enclosed. The check was for $2994.40 and the letter said it was to cover administrative payment and clearance fees of my winnings. I supposedly won $47,000. Letter says that all participants were selected through a computerized ballot system drawn from Readers Digest,Publishers Clearing House, Online Sweepstakes, Internet Games etc. I was told to call Sandra Williams at 1-306-880-4689 and that winnings must be claimed by May 18,2007. My claim number is: US/CA-04/07-009WD and advised to keep it confidentially secured until claim is processed and funds remitted as this is part of their security protocol. The address for Valiant is real and is in Troy, Michigan. There is also a Canada Address listed on the letter and the check. I made a copy of the check and the letter. Then began to investigate. I have not found out any concrete information. I do however believe this is a scam. Can you help me and let me know what to do to make sure they are stopped from scamming others?
Posted by: Dottie Wyte at May 18, 2007 2:31:24 PM
i received a mail from africa telling me that they need to send me 800,000 usd. but i have to go to colect there or pay for the courier to get it home, will some body givme advise .thanks
Posted by: j. j. duran at Nov 21, 2006 11:32:00 AM
RE: FBI Fraud Alert Poster
I would love a copy please. I also am receiving requests for this poster from citizens coming to the National White Collar Crime site and would like to know where to send them for one also.
Posted by: Cam Brandon at Dec 7, 2005 5:53:36 AM
I specialize in Identity theft restoration and would like to know where to get one of these posters that the FBI put out. Please contact me via my website. www.atmartinez.com
Posted by: Andrew Martinez at Nov 2, 2005 9:25:41 AM
I just got my Aunt's money back. She was one of the people they called saying her bank information was available to the public. They took $398.00 from her and acted like she ordered discounted drugs from them. I called Payment Resources at 949-729-1400 ask for Robert Stayner or Darrell ( I talked to Robert Stayner) It was when I said that she was elderly and gets confused that he agreed to refund her money! He said it has to be within 30 days or that they get confused to get your money back! They sent the refund in about 5 days! Lie to them if you have to!! Just get your refund!! I wish you all luck getting your refund from these monsters!!
Posted by: K. Holland at Oct 3, 2005 8:29:44 AM
I just got my Aunt's money back. She was one of the people called saying her bank information was available to the public. They took $398.00 from her. I called Payment Resources at 949-729-1400 ask for Robert Stayner or Darrell ( I talked to Robert Stayner) It was when I said that she was elderly and gets confused that he agreed to refund her money! He said it has to be within 30 days or that they get confused to get your money back! Lie to them if you have to!! Just get your refund!! I wish you all luck getting your refund from these monsters!!
Posted by: K. Holland at Oct 3, 2005 8:26:29 AM