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What is the worst email scam you’ve received?

What is the worst email scam you’ve received?

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In honor of National Internet Safety Month, we are taking a moment to discuss some of the worst email scams we’ve seen recently. Some have poor spelling and grammar and others are just too good to be true, but they are all scams. Remember, when you receive one of these emails the best thing to do is delete it. Don’t open the attachments or click on any links. And please, whatever you do, don’t give out your personal information or wire money.

Wire Money to Nigeria or You’ll Be Arrested
This morning I received a very threatening email from the FBI Director. If I don’t wire $90 to Nigeria I won’t receive my compensation funds valued at the sum of $10,500,000 and I will be arrested for money laundering and drug trafficking charges. Finally, I was warned not to try anything funny because I’m being watched.

Good: Used the real FBI Director’s name and it is spelled correctly
Bad: The FBI Director is using an AOL email account
Ugly: The FBI Director is going to arrest me if I don’t wire money to Nigeria

Arrest Warrant for Non-Paid Loan
Yesterday, King5’s Jesse Jones warned consumers about a fake arrest warrant hitting inboxes. If you call the number on the warrant for more details, the scammers ask for your social security number, address and bank account information.

Good: Includes United States District Court logo and a case number
Bad: Real warrants say “Warrant for Arrest” not “Arrest Warrant”
Ugly: Many misspellings, including Cheque, Froad and Judje

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How to Go From Zero to $863 a Day!
I received an interesting business proposal last week from . . . well I’m not sure. I’d have to watch their video. But, they are offering me the chance to earn $863 day doing . . . well I’m not sure what I would be doing. I’d have to watch the video. Chances are if you click on the link to their video you could download any number of viruses and spyware that could put your personal information at risk.

Good: Who doesn’t want to earn more money?
Bad: This unique offer is meant for me, and only me, I’m not to share it with my aunt or my kids or my third cousin’s babysitter, yet it is addressed to “Friend”
Ugly: They don’t tell you who the company is or what you need to do to earn the money

These are some of the worst emails we’ve seen, but others are much better at pretending to be legitimate business from a company you are familiar with. If you're unsure whether a message is genuine, call the company using the number from a past statement or the phone book. To visit the website, type the address if you know it or use your own bookmark rather than clicking a link.

What are some of the worst email scams you’ve received? Were they good, bad or ugly?

Posted by Sarah Lane All Consuming Blog Moderator at 06/08/2012 11:07:20 AM | 

What a silly situation- what Nigeria has to do with your monthly funds and what is the explanation for the risk of being arrested. But the most triggering question is are there people who would be caught in the trap at all? usually the scammer e-mail go directly in my spam folder fromn where I erase them without checking their content.
Posted by: Marcus Donnellan ( Email ) at 7/3/2012 3:07 AM

The funny thing for me is that these Nigerians and their ridiculous scams are still coming to my junk box and I can not believe it, how they can be so audacious!The business emails and phishing emails are much more to be believed actualy, so everyone needs to be aware and pass that forward to their relatives and friends.
Posted by: Dalena ( Email ) at 7/3/2012 3:39 AM

In response to my for sale ad on Craigs list, I received an offer of a certified check for more than my asking price with a request that the amount over my price be forwarded by Western Union to a certain individual. The instructions I gave for the address to whom the certified check should be sent were AG Rob McKenna at his Olympia office add.
I believe the check has been delivered, according to tracking info provided by the scamster.
Posted by: ken huck ( Email ) at 7/3/2012 9:28 AM

here is an email that just received some one tell me what to do please to stop this mess 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:

Attention, this is the final warning you are going to receive from me do you get me?

I hope youre understand how many times this message has been sent to you?.

We have warned you so many times and you have decided to ignore our e-mails or because you believe we have not been instructed to get you arrested, and today if you
fail to respond back to us with the payment then, we would first send a letter to the mayor of the city where you reside and direct them to close your bank account
until you have been jailed and all your properties will be confiscated by the fbi. We would also send a letter to the company/agency that you are working for so that
they could get you fired until we are through with our investigations because a suspect is not suppose to be working for the government or any private organization.

Your id which we have in our database been sent to all the crimes agencies in America for them to inset you in their website as an internet fraudsters and to warn
people from having any deals with you. This would have been solved all this while if you had gotten the certificate signed, endorsed and stamped as you where
instructed in the e-mail below.this is the federal bureau of investigation (fbi) am writing in response to the e-mail you sent to us and am using this medium to
inform you that there is no more time left to waste because you have been given from the 3rd of January. As stated earlier to have the document endorsed, signed and stamped without failure and you must adhere to this directives to avoid you blaming yourself at last when we must have arrested and jailed you for life and all your
properties confiscated.

You failed to comply with our directives and that was the reason why we didn't hear from you on the 3rd as our director has already been notified about you get the
process completed yesterday and right now the warrant of arrest has been signed against you and it will be carried out in the next 48hours as strictly signed by the
fbi director. We have investigated and found out that you didn't have any idea when the fraudulent deal was committed with your information's/identity and right now if

you id is placed on our website as a wanted person, i believe you know that it will be a shame to you and your entire family because after then it will be announce in
all the local channels that you are wanted by the fbi. As a good Christian and a honest man, I decided to see how i could be of help to you because i would not be happy to see you end up in jail and all your properties confiscated all because your information's was used to carry out a fraudulent transactions, i called the efcc and they directed me to a private attorney who could help you get the process done and he stated that he will endorse, sign and stamp the document at the sum of $98.00 usd only and i believe this process is cheaper for you.

You need to do everything possible within today and tomorrow to get this process done because our director has called to inform me that the warrant of arrest has been
signed against you and once it has been approved, then the arrest will be carried out, and from our investigations we learnt that you were the person that forwarded
your identity to one impostor/fraudsters in Nigeria when he had a deal with you about the transfer of some illegal funds into your bank account which is valued at the
sum of $10.500,000.00 usd.

I pleaded on your behalf so that this agency could give you till 7/11/2012 so that you could get this process done because i learnt that you were sent several e-mail
without getting a response from you, please bear it in mind that this is the only way that i can be able to help you at this moment or you would have to face the law
and its consequences once it has befall on you. You would make the payment through western union money transfer with the below details.

Senders name======

Send the payment details to me which are senders name and address, mtcn number, text question and answer used and the amount sent. Make sure that you didn't hesitate
making the payment down to the agency by today so that they could have the certificate endorsed, signed and stamped immediately without any further delay. After all
this process has been carried out, then we would have to proceed to the bank for the transfer of your compensation funds which is valued at the sum of $10.500,000.00
usd which was suppose to have been transferred to you all this while.

Note/ all the crimes agencies have been contacted on this regards and we shall trace and arrest you if you disregard this instructions. You are given a grace today to
make the payment for the document after which your failure to do that will attract a maximum arrest and finally you will be appearing in court for act of terrorism,
money laundering and drug trafficking charges, so be warned not to try any thing funny because you are been watched.




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:
Posted by: william ( Email ) at 7/11/2012 10:24 PM

I can be proud about receiveing very intricate and exquistely frauding scams- just the usual stuff, that I just won 999.999 $ and I have to click here.
Posted by: Keith Greenwood ( Email ) at 7/16/2012 6:20 AM

FraudWatch scammed my elderly, stroke victim mother out of $369. I've been calling them for two months now and hear a different excuse every time as to why she hasn't received her refund check. If 855-649-0679 calls, hang up on them immediately.
Posted by: Teri ( Email ) at 7/16/2012 7:20 AM

recd from links financial inc. notice won 2nd place of european african and usa consumer sweepstakesid 250,000 with check for 4,250 from atlantic bank of new york not to cash untill callagent david morgan @ 1 877 220 2658 must be a scam??
Posted by: chuck ( Email ) at 10/16/2013 11:23 AM

I received 2 different emails saying that I committed a federal crime even had my social when called left messages never called me back and said I will need his help should call him wright away
Posted by: yolanda ( Email ) at 8/29/2014 9:59 PM

i hope these nigerian scammers all of them gets caught by the real fbi and sent to federal prison somewhere in the us where they rot in a tiny cell for life...
Posted by: marwanto ( Email ) at 9/2/2014 2:01 AM

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