In this article, I will show you an FBI Email Scam. It’s worth noting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation will never email you and they certainly won’t be asking for payments.
The FBI is a law enforcement agency based in the United States of America. It is entirely possible that you could receive an email from the FBI but only if you have previously been in contact with them already.
The FBI would not send an email asking for payments in gift cards. The FBI email I am going to show you below is a scammer attempting to defraud victims.
Director Christopher Wray – FBI Scam Email
The FBI scam email does include a link to the official FBI website. The link shows Christopher Wray as the current director of the FBI. Links included in most scam emails are to attempt to make the email seem more genuine.
I’m 100% certain that this email is not from the FBI or Christoper Wray for that matter.
FBI Email Scam In Full
Let’s take a look at the FBI scam email in some detail. I have included the full email screenshots below and the exact FBI scam email copy. As shown below
FBI Headquarters Washington <[email protected]> Thu 17/02/2022 20:03 From FBI Headquarters Washington. Headquarters Washington DC 20535-0001,935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,Washington, DC 20535-0001http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/executives/ E-mail:: ([email protected]) Attn: Customer Greeting From FBI Headquarters Washington DC 20535-000 1Am the appointed FBI Director, Christopher Wray, a Lawyer and Formal Formal Assistant Attorney General, who assumed the role on June 7, 2017, after the dismissal of James Comey by President Donald Trump. This is to officially inform you that James B Comey was fired by our President following political controversies ranging from the Trump campaign's connections to Hillary Clinton's handling of classified emails and also due to his Inability to handle some Matters regarding delivery upon which he will be asking for payment after payment and his involvement in illegal matters.Trump said in a statement that "the FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today willmark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement." While I was going through the files, I saw your file signed and stamped by James and I Was wondering why the delivery had not been completed till I realized that it might be as a result of requesting high payment and payment afterpayments. Also am writing to officially inform you that am now in control of the delivery of your fund and here to promise that as far as i'm concerned and in control, that your fund will be delivered without delay or additional fee.Your total fund is $2.7 million which will be delivered to you within 12 hours after complying with the payment. James has signed all the documents regarding the delivery and as he is no longer in control,all will be renewed and AllAuthorities has been ordered to stop any delivery accompanied by documents bearing James's Signature due to his involvement in illegal matters. I contacted the Attorney General, and he said that we should obtain a permit order from the fund Origin country to enhance the change of signature.The needed permit order is to cost $200 but because of the new bonanza,has been taken care of.So you are required to send $49 today. After this week the cost of the permit order will still be $200. So you are advised to send the $49 as soon as possible so that we can commence the delivery immediatelyAlso you are required to confirm the following information urgently. Your full name............... Address........... Telephone number.............I.d Number.......... State......... You are to note that this will not cost you any other thing other than this 49, am different from James and am trying to make this office the nation’s most cherished and respected institution. Thanks as I am waiting urgently to hear from you.You are to send the needed fee through Gift card (eBay card or steam wallet,iTunes,Google play card) From FBI Headquarters Washington DC2/2Call me on this number (213) 319-8935 Yours in service,Mr.Christopher WrayDirector,FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICEWASHINGTON, DC 20535-0001Yours in service.
Disposable Email – Msgden.net
We can see that the email address that it appears to come from is spoofed. The scammer would like you to contact [email protected] which is a disposable email. A quick search of the email provider brought up some interesting results:
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FBI Scam Email Search Results
Let’s search the actual FBI scam email address, as we can see this particular email address has been attempting to scam people since at least October 2020. The search results show two active forum posts on this particular scammer’s email address.
Conclusion – FBI Email Scam
As the scammer has requested payment upfront in the form of a gift card this is the Advance Fee Scam. Please do not send the scammer any form of payment or even reply to their email.
The advance-fee scam is popular for fraudsters as generally speaking it involves little effort from the scammers. The majority of Advance Fee Scam emails are sent to the masses. Scammers will use email addresses that have been involved in data breaches at some point.
Further reading on the Advance Fee Scam can be found on the FBI website using this link.