We’ve just received a new lottery scam email.
Please be aware that any time someone offers you money for winning something you didn’t know you entered it is a scam.
This one is particularly humorous as it supposedly comes from your good friends at America’s FBI. Interestingly enough, though, the contact number is in Benin, Africa! Go figure!
Please don’t fall for these things.
Here is the letter in it’s entirety.
Anti-Terrorist And Monetary Crimes Division
FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation
J.Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, Nw Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
This e-mail has been issued to you 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. With the help of our newly
developed technology (International Monitoring Network System) we discovered
that your e-mail address was automatically selected by an Online Balloting
System, this has legally won you the sum of $2.4million 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 INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED
Normally, it will take up to 5 business days for an INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED
BANK DRAFT by your local bank. We have successfully notified this company on
your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a registered bank within the world
winded, so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay,
henceforth the stated amount of $2.4million USD has been deposited with IMF.
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 with IMF
you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the Lottery
Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located in Cotonou, Benin
Republic. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the
(1) Deposit Fee’s ( IMF INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE )
(3) Shipping Fee’s ( This is the charge for shipping the Cashier’s Check to
your home address)
The total amount for everything is $96.00 We have tried our possible best to
indicate that this $96.00 should be deducted from your winning prize but we
found out that the funds have already been deposited IMF 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
In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the
agent in-charge ( Mr. Jerry Johnson ) via e-mail. Kindly look below to find
appropriate contact information:
CONTACT AGENT NAME: Mr. Jerry Johnson
E-MAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org
PHONE NUMBER: +22998282088
You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:
DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER:
You will also be required to request Western Union or Money Gram details on
how to send the required $96.00 in order to immediately ship your prize of
$2.4million USD via INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT from IMF, also include
the following transaction code in order for him to immediately identify this
transaction : EA2948-910.
This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is
authorizing you to pay the required $96.00 ONLY to Mr. Jerry Johnson via
information in which he shall send to you,
Mr. Robert Mueller
Federal Bureau of Investigation F B I
Yours in Service, Photograph of Director
Robert S. Mueller, IIIRobert S. Mueller,
III Director Office of Public Affairs