The fake "FBI and Money Laundering Monitoring Unit" email below is an advance-fee scam used by scammers and who may be impersonating someone or an organization. This scam is a form of fraud and one of the most common types of confidence trick. The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster requires in order to obtain the large sum.
The "FBI and Money Laundering Monitoring Unit" Advance-fee Scam
From: FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (F.B.I) [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, March 30, 2019 4:34 AM
Subject: Fast Courier Express & Logistics
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (F.B.I)
26 Federal Plaza,
New York, NY 10278,
United States of America.
It has come to the Notice of the authority of Federal Bureau of Investigation and Money Laundering Monitoring Unit, Through our Intelligence Monitoring Network, That you have an abandon cheque valued $12, 200,000.00(Twelve Million, Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which was sent to you from the bank of Africa through DHL Courier service. THE SAID CHEQUE, After due investigation was carried out contrary to Article 102,Section 36,Sub-Section IV of the 1995 Financial and Allied Decree 20,guiding money shipment.
With full apology, we wish to remind you of the consequences of shipping such amount of money into the country without complying with the provisions of the financial regulations and decree 20 of 2001 which stipulates that an amount of such magnitude must be cleared of Money Laundering and Drug Clearance which will duly guarantee and cover the money as being legitimately acquired. This cheque is now pending to be release to your destination on the receipt of the above document. By virtue of the powers conferred on us, in our capacity as the accredited agency to fight crime we therefore wish that you are advised to send to this office Drug/Money Laundering Clearance Certificate immediately for the release of your CHEQUE.
You are required to send the sum of $400 to our office to be sent to the appropriate office in charge of issuing the clearance in Africa if you do not have it and failure to comply within 24 hours will result in have your cheque confiscated and also charge you for money laundering.
Your immediate response and cooperation is highly anticipated.
IF YOU DID NOT PAY THE FEE REQUIRED TO YOU,
YOU ARE GOING TO BE ARRESTED AND ALSO BEING IN PRISON/JAIL BECAUSE YOU PAID MUCH MONEY TO SCAMMER'S
AND WE ARE GOING TO GET YOU MONITORING THIS DAYS
Christopher A. Wray