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Let's be sensible about it: Robert Mueller III of the FBI does not send e-mail messages like this!:

The following message claims it's from Robert Mueller III the Executive Director of the FBI. However, it's not; it's a scam! If you receive a message like this, you might like to report it to the FBI! (as well as reporting it to the drop-box ISP and sender-account ISP). Even if the FBI are spying on your private e-mails, they DO NOT join in with conversations and pass comment on your transactions. It would be like bugging your phone and then joining in the conversation. It would blow their secrecy, and wouldn't be in the style of the FBI at all! Plus, the Federal Bureau of Investigation would not tell you that a particular thing is genuine. They're not in the business of putting an official stamp of approval on things, even genuine things. They are cops, and they catch crooks.

Besides, the message was sent in Cyrillic (Russian) character set, and was sent from time zone +0200 (Eastern Europe or mid-Africa (though oddly not Nigeria, which is GMT +0100), so possibly somewhere East of Nigeria).

Remember: The following message is NOT from Robert Mueller III of the FBI:

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2009 5:34 PM
Anti-Terrorist and Monitory Crimes Division.
Chief Information Officer:Zalmai Azmi
Mr John Edward(Investigation Department Officer)


We the Federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington, DC
in conjunction with some other relevant security Agencies
here in the United states of America have recently been
informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network
that you presently have a transaction going on with the
Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN), as regards to your over-due
contract payment award which was fully endorsed in your favor
accordingly.It might interest you to know that we have taken our time
in screening through this contract payment notification as
stipulated on our protocol of operation,and have finally
confirmed that your contract payment is 100% genuine and
legal with due process of law, and it is as well free from
all illegal activities which you have the lawful right to
claim your fund without any further delay.Having said all
this,FBI further advise, that you should go ahead in
dealing with the Central Bank office accordingly as we will
be monitoring all their services accordingly with our
intelligent monitoring network device, and with your

furthermore, we want to place this on your notice that we
recently had a meeting with the Executive Governor of the
Central Bank of Nigeria, in the person of Prof. Chukwuma
Soludo and Mr. Emakpo Sam Banks along with some of the
top officials of the Ministry regarding your case and they
made us to understand that your file has been held in abase
depending on when you personally come for the claim. They
also told us that the only problem they are facing right now
is that some unscrupulous element are using this project as
an avenue to scam innocent people off their hard earned
money by impersonating the Executive Governor and the
Central Bank office.

We were also made to understand that a lady with name Mrs.
Joan C. Bailey from OHIO and another person named as Mr.
machovina Wachovia who reside in Missouri has
already contacted the central bank in your absence and also presented to them all the
necessary documentations evidencing your claims, claiming
to have been signed personally by you prior to the release
of your contract fund valued at about US$10,000,000.00 (Ten
million united states dollars), but the Central Bank office
did the wise thing by insisting on hearing from you
personally before they go ahead on wiring your fund to the
Bank information which was forwarded to them by the above
mentioned names, the main reason, we the federal bureau of
investigation were contacted by the CBN is to assist them
on making some investigation regards to this issue.
They further informed us that we should inform our
citizens, who must have been informed of the contract
payment which was awarded to them from the Central Bank of
Nigeria, to be very careful prior to these irregularities so
that they don't fall victim to scam. We the FBI are instructing
you personally, that if you were already dealing with
anybody or office claiming to be from the Central Bank of
Nigeria, you are further advised to STOP further contact
with them in your best interest and then, contact
immediately the real office of the Central Bank of Nigeria
(CBN) only with the below information accordingly:

OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria
Central Business District,
Cad astral Zone, federal
Capital Territory,
TEL: +234708 XXX XXXX *
        +2341 XXX XXXX


In your best interest, any email or fax that doesn't
come from the above official email address or addresses and
phone number should not be replied to and should be
disregarded accordingly for security reasons. Meanwhile, we
will advise you to contact the Central Bank office
immediately with the above email address and request that
they attend to you payment file as directed so as to
enable you receive your contract fund accordingly. Ensure
you follow all their procedure as required by them in order
to hasten Up the effective procedures,of transferring your
funds to you as designated by you. Also have in mind that
the Central Bank of Nigeria equally have their own protocol
of operation as stipulated on their banking realm, so any
delay could be very dangerous.

Once again, we will advise you to contact them with the
above email address and make sure you forward to them all
the necessary information which might be required from you
prior to the release of your fund. All modality has already
been worked out even before you were contacted and note,
that we will be monitoring all your dealings with them as
you proceed so you don't have anything to worry about.
All we require from you henceforth is an update so as to
enable us be on track with you and the Central Bank of
Nigeria. Without wasting much time, will want you to contact
them immediately with the above email address so as to
enable them attend to your case accordingly without any
further delay as time is already running out.
Should in case you need any more information in regards to
this notification,feel free to get back to us so in order to
brief you more, because we are here to guide you and serve
you better during and after this contract fund has been
completely perfected and you have received your contract
fund as stated. BE REST ASSURED !!!!!!!

Our Mission
To protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats,
to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States,
and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal,
state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.


Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation in advance, and always endeavor to send us an e-mail at all times if you discover any fraudulent activities in this transactions,we earnestly await your urgent response to this matter.

Best Regards,

Robert S. Mueller III
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.
20535-0001, USA

This communication and its attachments may contain non-public,confidential or legally privileged information.The unlawful interception, use or disclosure of such information is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, or have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately by reply email and delete all copies of this communication and attachments without reading or saving them.

You have to have some commonsense. The FBI would not have their official e-mail address at Live.com , and instead if there'd been anything Federal Bureau of Investigation about it, it would surely have come from something@fbi.gov ? (In fact the spoofed address fbi@fbi.gov turned out to be false).

Also, the information contained in the message is false. The phone numbers given for the Central Bank of Nigeria are false, and the e-mail is obviously false as it's at a public free e-mail account, whereas if it was real it would be at the official Central Bank of Nigeria site. A quick Google search for "Central Bank of Nigeria" reveals a Wikipedia page which gives the official site as www.cenbank.org , and then you can click on "Contact Us" and find the genuine phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Of course, if you are involved in some ludicrous fraudulent online transaction with someone pretending to be the Central Bank of Nigeria, I can tell you now IT'S NOT GENUINE. The alleged millions of dollars (which you've been offered a percentage of) doesn't exist, and any money you've parted with so far is LOST. Neither the FBI nor the Central Bank of Nigeria can get your money back, and you'll be lucky to get out of this with any of your personal security intact. However, you can help to save others from this disaster, by creating your own website and warning everyone by what has happened to you. I've warned people about Police Corruption in Belize, and other problems I've encountered.

I'm not fond of the FBI and their overbearing reputation, but I don't think they deserve to be misrepresented by scamsters. In addition to the criminal impersonation of police, the scamsters are also guilty of some minor misdemeanours in their use of the English language, for example "Anti-Terrorist and Monitory Crimes Division". I think they mean MONETARY Crimes. If they'd been Monitory Crimes they would be crimes to do with MONITORING, which would include inappropriate monitoring of personal communication, and there is a certain irony in this, in consideration of the message.

* The phone numbers in the message, I have removed, because otherwise some fool is likely to phone them up and get caught in a trap. However, the +234 is the international dialling code for Nigeria. I've left the e-mail address in because: For one thing it's badly-formed, but also I have confidence in gmail to close that account down quickly.

If you want to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation, they are at www.fbi.gov , but they don't seem to have easy-to-find e-mail addresses last time I checked. However, there are some helpful pages there with advice about avoiding international scams. For example www.fbi.gov/majcases/fraud/fraudschemes.htm is worth reading.

The FBI are in the business of law enforcement in the United States, (which has time zones between -0500 and -0800), and it is true that they would like to defend US citizens from crime. However there's not much they can do about people being stupid and falling for the Nigeria Scam and other racketeering designed to prey upon the docile nature of folk. In Nigeria, the fourth largest component of GDP is the Nigeria Scam, which is a disgrace upon the country of Nigeria.

If you'd like to have a look at some more bogus e-mails, there's a whole collection of them stuffed and mounted for you to examine at this site. It's like poking around a museum of stuffed animals, where you can see what dangerous things exist in the wild, but without putting yourself in danger. For example: Message pretending to be from Microsoft, the faked-up EFCC Message, a message saying it's From Kofi Annan!, and loads of other SCAMS. This is The Internet. The Internet is not a cosy well-policed place. It is more of a wild jungle where you have the responsibility of defending yourself. Your best weapon for defending yourself is commonsense.

This page is on display at www.zyra.net (Zyra International NET) which is a scam-busting site as well as being a private enterprise capitalist business. The site makes money (by honest means) as well as helping to improve the world by publishing advice about a variety of subjects. You should explore around some of the thousands of pages here before making your mind up or jumping to conclusions about it.

Ooh look! Here's another utterly ludicrous message arriving as SPAM and impersonating the FBI...

----- Original Message -----
From: OFFICE <
Sent: Sunday, November 01, 2009 4:40 AM

Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division
Fbi Headquarters In Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001 Website: www.fbi.gov


This is an official advice from the fbi foreign Remittance / telegraphic dept.,it has come to our notice that the C.B.N Bank Nigeria district has released 10,500,000.00 US dollars into bank of America in your name as the beneficiary, by inheritance means. The C.B.N Bank Nigeria knowing fully well that they do not have Enough facilities to effect this payment from the united kingdom to your account, used what we know as a secret diplomatic transit payment (s.t.d.p) to pay this fund through wire transfer, they used this means to complete the payment.

They are still, waiting for confirmation from you on the already Transferred funds which were made in direct transfer so that they can do final crediting to your account.

Secret diplomatic payments are not made unless the funds are related to terrorist activities why must your payment be made in secret transfer, if your transaction is legitimate, if you are not a terrorist, then why did you not receive the money directly into your account; this is a pure coded, means of payment? Records which we have had with this method of payment in the past Has always been related to terrorist acts, we do not want you to get into trouble as soon as these funds reflect in your account in the U.S.A, so it is our duty as a world wide commission to correct this little problem before this fund will be credited into your personal account. Due to the increased difficulty and unnecessary security by the American authorities when funds come from outside of Europe, and the Middle East, the f.b.i bank commission for Europe has stopped the transfer on its way to deliver payment of $10,500,000.00 to debit your reserve account and pay you through a secured diplomatic transit account (s.d.t.a). We govern funds immediately we receive this legal documents.

We have decided to contact you directly to acquire the proper Verifications and proof from you to show that you are the rightful person to receive this fund,because of the amount involve, we want to make sure is a clean and legal money you are about to receive. Be informed that the fund are now in United State in your name, but right now we have ask the bank not to release the fund to anybody that comes to them, unless we ask them to do so, because we have to carry out our investigations first before releasing the fund to you. Note that the fund is in the BANK OF AMERICA right now, but we have ask them not to credit the fund to you yet, because we need a solid proof and Verifications from you before releasing the funds. So to this regards you are to re-assure and proof to us that what you are about to receive is a clean money by sending to us FBI Identification Record and also Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer(DIST) to satisfy to us that the money your about to receive is legitimate and real money.

You are to forward the documents to us immediately if you have it in your possession, if you don’t have it let us know so that we will direct and inform you where to obtain the document and send to us so that we will ask the bank holding the funds, the Bank Of America to go ahead Crediting your account immediately. These Documents are to be issued to you from the World Local Bank that Authorized the transfer, so get back to us immediately if you don’t have the document so that we will inform you the particular place to obtain the document in United Kingdom (U.K), because we have come to realize that the fund was Authorized by (H.S.B.C) Bank in London.

An FBI Identification Record and Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer (DIST) often referred to as a Criminal History Record or Rap Sheet, is a listing of certain information taken from fingerprint submissions retained by the FBI in connection with arrests and, in some instances, federal employment, naturalization, or military service. These Condition Is Valid until 30th day of october.2009 after we shall take actions on Canceling the payment and then charge you for illegally moving funds out of Nigeria. Guarantee: funds will be released on confirmation of the document.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Final Instruction;
1. Credit payment instruction: irrevocable credit guarantee.
2. Beneficiary has full power when validation is cleared.
3. Beneficiaries bank in U.S.A., can only release funds.
4. Upon confirmation from the world bank / united nations.
5. Bearers must clear bank protocol and validation request.

NOTE: We have asked for the above documents to make available the most complete and up-to date records possible for the enhancement of public safety, welfare and security of Society while recognizing the importance of individual privacy rights. If you fail to provide the Documents to us, we will charge you with the FBI and take our proper action against you for not proofing to us the legitimate of the fund you are about to receive. The United States Department of Justice Order 556-73 establishes rules and regulations for the subject of an FBI Identification Record to obtain a copy of his or her own Record for review.

The FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division processes these requests to check illegal activities in U.S.A.
An individual may request a copy of his or her own FBI Identification Record for personal review or to challenge information on the Record. Other reasons an individual may request a copy of his or her own Identification Record may include international adoption or to satisfy a requirement to live or work in a foreign country or receive funds from another country, i.e. Diplomatic Immunity Seal of Transfer, letter of good conduct, criminal history Background, etc.)



Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division
Fbi Headquarters In Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001 Website: www.fbi.gov

Almost none of this has any truth in it. It's not even written in good English. The spam-sending scamsters who sent this message are pretending to be the FBI and are making a laughably poor job of the pretence. Plus, the turn of phrase is quite specific, and this should help to home-in on the guilty parties.

The message was sent in a Cyrillic (Russian) character-set. Incidentally, Washington DC is not in the -0800 timezone, and even that's probably been faked-up. Plus, would the FBI have an e-mail address of something @ t-online.de (T-Online Germany)?! Would the FBI send a message in the Russian character-set? Would the FBI put a subject line of "FBI OFFICE GET BACK TO US IMMEDIATELY FOR YOUR OWN GOOD IF YOU DONT WANT US TO ARREST YOU AND JAIL YOU" or something like that? Threatening the honest citizen in such a way would not be conducive to good policing. Incidentally, the term "World Local Bank" is not a term in common usage. The scamsters have naively misquoted HSBC whose motto is "the world's local bank".

Please bear in mind that most Americans are not as stupid as the Nigeria-scamsters would like to imagine. The idea that the FBI would somehow endorse a scam transfer of money is utterly ridiculous. The inheritance scam is now so well-known that it beggars belief that there are people on the Internet that aren't aware of it!

To some extent the message is Panicmail, but it is so badly done that it's absurd. However, if you are genuinely worried or frightened by the scam, I suggest you contact the FBI (they are in the phone book!).

Here's another ludicrous scam message pretending to be from the FBI. This time you are being asked if you are ALIVE or DEAD? As if they don't already know!...

----- Original Message -----
From: "ROBERT S. MEUELLER III" <robert.mueller999@gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 9:51 PM

FBI Headquarters
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001

Dear Beneficiary,

We received an email that you are dead that you asked one MR.JAMES WALTER to Come and claim your ATM-CARD-PACKAGE (SECURITY CODE 12090) that as been with us for about two weeks now and he also agreed to pay for the security keeping fee which is $350 UNITED STATE DOLLARS, so I am writing you to know if you are DEAD OR ALIVE, if you do not reply back before 48hrs we will have no other alternative than to believe that truly you are dead.

Am afraid we will give him the ATM-CARD-PACKAGE (SECURITY CODE 12090) And collect the security keeping fee from him and he will sign on your behalf and claim Your PACKAGE that means that he is right that you are dead and you ask Him to come and claim the ATM-CARD-PACKAGE (SECURITY CODE 12090) on your Behalf.


Please take note that you have been given just 48hrs to get back to AGENT JOHN.K.WILLIAMS FBI REPRESENTATIVE for your ATM CARD ATM-CARD-PACKAGE (SECURITY CODE 12090).


Name and Surname:
Driver License:
House Address:
Phone Number:

We await your swift response in regard of this email we have received >From MR.JAMES WALTER.

Robert S. Mueller, III
FBI director

* The phone number, beginning with +234, is in Nigeria. I have removed the number from the copy of the message online just in case anyone is daft enough to phone it!
I've left the e-mail address in, because gmail appears to be becoming a worthless system despite early promise of being a "network of trust". I have reported the account to abuse@gmail.com and received no reply. So, what does that tell you about the level of care of the network. I think it bodes not well!

So anyway, are you ALIVE or DEAD? Think carefully before replying ;-)

Seriously, though, you have to have some commonsense! The FBI would not write to you and ask you if you were dead or alive. They would not address you as "Dear beneficiary". The FBI would have e-mail addresses with @fbi.gov (which you'd be able to reply to) rather than free email accounts at gmail which anyone can get. Note that the FBI will not act as an intermediary for scamssters to convey imaginary large sums of money from one joker to another. Also, the privacy policies at the FBI are such that they do not divulge information such as the names of other people who have written to them. The whole scam message is based on assumptions of childish naivety which make it laughable.

And, asking for your Name, Driver License, House Address, Phone Number, and Occupation? If they were the FBI they might actually know these things. Don't you think so?

However the most preposterous laughable thing in the message has to be "I am writing you to know if you are DEAD OR ALIVE, if you do not reply back before 48hrs we will have no other alternative than to believe that truly you are dead".

So, is that the new police methodology for determining the living status of a person, is it? Write to them by e-mail, and if they don't reply, assume they are dead! NO! Such buffoonery is not the work of the FBI or any other police agency. It is amateur conmen operating a scam aimed at victims of very low intelligence. You don't need to be fooled by it, you know.

If you have any doubts about any of this, phone the FBI (they are in the phone book!)

This page of helpful information (about the scam) is on display at www.zyra.net (Zyra International NET) which is a scam-busting site as well as being a private enterprise capitalist business. The site makes money (by honest means) as well as helping to improve the world by publishing advice about a variety of subjects. You should explore around some of the thousands of pages here before making your mind up or jumping to conclusions about it.

You haven't inherited/won ten million dollars! It's a scam/hoax! However, if you had got that much money you could afford to escape from the USA.

Other websites which help to bust the FBI Hoax include...

www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams - "Note: the FBI does not send mass e-mails to private citizens about cyber scams, so if you received an e-mail that claims to be from the FBI Director or other top official, it is most likely a scam".





...and others.