‘The FBI wants to give you a box of money’
Ted Hubert

We Americans love our country. It is the greatest on earth and, in our minds, it always will be the place of freedom and prosperity.

However, most citizens have a very healthy fear or some government agencies. Maybe respect is a better word.

You are nervous about having an agent from the IRS telling you about the audit on your back taxes.

You would be more than nervous if an agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation rapped on your door. So, it is hard to imagine why anyone would use the FBI name to scam someone. Nonetheless, this happens year after year.

This scam was received on Jan. 26, in Cameron. The e-mail was supposed to be from Robert Mueller, director of the FBI.

The scammer’s notice states the “Anti-terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division” released the information regarding a caper and the FBI is contacting people “to find the owner of a box full of money.”

Mrs. Vernon Wallace, a diplomat, was supposedly arrested at the JFK Airport in New York, New York and a “consignment box” was in her possession.

She claimed it was yours and her mission was to deliver the box to you in person. She did not know the box was full of U.S. currency. Wallace was jailed and will be there until the investigation is complete. You must present proof that the money is yours with the Award Ownership Certificate.

Of course, you do not have such a document so you must secure the Award Ownership Certificate from the Nigerian president’s office. You are urged to contact a representative in Nigeria to help in this matter.

By the way, the word below is misspelled “bellow.” It is doubtful real FBI correspondence would have misspellings. This is a big red flag that would alert the reader of a fraud.

The name of the representative is Dr. Ernest Ebi and his e-mail address is provided. The pressure for fast action on the recipient’s part comes w ith a three- day deadline. There is a penalty for missing this deadline.

You are told that if you didn’t come up with the certificate the FBI will confiscate the funds into World Bank account then charge you for money laundering, but if you forward the Award Ownership Certificate they will release the diplomat with your consignment box.

This quote is awkwardly written and should be easily spotted and known that the source is not from the FBI.

The FBI would not threaten a person with money laundering in an e-mail. No ultimatum would be delivered to you via e-mail either. The FBI does not work that way.

This e-mail is completely out of character and should be reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). You can google in and read about these organizations and see the page for reporting scams using the FBI’s employee names.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

You can file a complaint from the IC3 website. The form will ask you for your name, mailing address, telephone number, specific details about how and when you were defrauded, and any other information pertinent to the crime.

Milam County TRIAD collects old unneeded and unused cell phones. Please do not put these phones in the garbage. Let’s spare the landfill and think “green” (recycle).

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