“There’s a sucker born every minute…”
This phrase, popularly attributed to P.T Barnum, was most likely spoken by David Hannum, in criticism of both P. T. Barnum and those that patronized Barnum’s shows.
No matter who said it, there is a great deal of truth in it.
I happen to enjoy reading the various scams promulgated on the web. Although, these have been around for as long as mankind.
But I particularly enjoy this one. It is so official sounding, so convincing, so tempting to believe…if you are a total idiot.
Yet, there must be some success to it. It continues to circulate.
JAMES B. COMEY, JR,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FBI.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI), WASHINGTON D.C FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION SEEKING TO WIRETAP INTERNET
After proper investigations, we, the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) discovered that your impending (over-due contract) payment with Central Bank of Nigeria is 100% legal and has been approved for release to you.
We recently had a meeting with the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, in the person of Mr Godwin Emefiele and other top officials of the concerned Ministries regarding your case and we were made to understand that your files have been held in abeyance pending on when you personally apply for the claim.
Investigations also revealed that a lady, by name Mrs. Joan B Melvin from New York has already contacted Central Bank of Nigeria with a power of attorney and some documents, which stipulated that you have mandated her to claim your fund of US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars) on your behalf due to your ill health.
In view of this, we have been urged to warn US citizens who have received information pertaining to their outstanding contract payment to be very careful and not to be a victim of ugly circumstance. In case you are already dealing with anybody or office from the Central Bank of Nigeria, you are strictly advised to STOP further communication with them in your best interest and thereby contact the real office of Central Bank of Nigeria via the below information:
NAME: MR. GODWIN EMEFIELE
OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria, Central Business District, Cadastral Zone, Abuja, Federal.
Capital Territory, Nigeria.
NOTE: In your best interest, you should ignore any message that does not come from the above email address and phone number for security reasons. And to enable Central Bank of Nigeria to process and release the fund to you, you are required to re-confirm your full details such as
FULL NAMES: __________________________________
TELEPHONE NUMBER: _____________________
Ensure that you follow the Central Bank of Nigeria due process as enshrined in International Banking Secrecy Act to avoid any form of discrepancy, which may hinder your fund transfer.
Thanks for your understanding and co-operation as we earnestly await your urgent response.
JAMES B. COMEY, JR
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
- EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING,
935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE,
NW WASHINGTON, D.C
I mean how can you not resist? They are preventing you being a victim of “ugly circumstance.”
After all, it is from the FBI and they are, “seeking to wiretap internet”, we all know they are always watching out for us. How can this not be true?
If any of you are tempted to respond to this obviously wonderful opportunity, please follow these steps after you send your information as requested.
- Write the words “I am an idiot” on a large piece of cardboard
- Stand outside your home holding the sign high for all to see
- Say goodbye to all your worldly assets, some scammer in Nigeria thanks you.