An Example of a Fraudulent Email

It never ceases to amaze me the degree that the cybercriminal will go to… This post appears rather lengthy; however, the content reflected is an actual email I received (in my Gmail) from the FBI; the Director himself.  Wow! Remember the recent article about “Common Sense – You Cannot Install This”? Here is a prime example where your common sense (I hope) should dictate.

Simply delete these emails and if for some reason your inner curiousity gets the best of you, for “God’s Sake” do not click on any links contained in the email. This particular type of email has been out there for some time and is not new; however, purpose of this article is to heighten your awareness.

To learn more about these types of scams and hoaxes, and to get real life examples, visit the FBI website “Investigative Programs – Cyber Investigations”.

Same Email Alert


We hope this notification arrives meeting your good health and mind. We the FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) Washington, DC in conjunction with some other relevant investigation agencies here in the United STATES of America have recently been informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that you are presently have a transaction going on with the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN) as regards to your over-due contract payment which was fully endorsed in your favor accordingly by the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA.

It might interest you to know that we have taken our time in screening through this project as stipulated on our protocol of operation and have finally confirmed that your contract payment is 100% genuine and hitch free from all facets and of which you have the lawful right to claim your fund without any further delay. Having said all this, we will further advise that you go ahead in dealing with the central bank office accordingly as we will be monitoring all their activities with you as well as your correspondence at all levels.

We recently had a meeting with the Executive Governor in the person of Mr Sanusi Lamido Sanusi along with some of the top officials of the ministry regarding your case and they made sure we 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 criminals are using this project as an avenue to scam innocent people.

We were also informed that another person has contacted them and she gave us proof of your claim prior to the release of your contract fund valued at about US$10,700,000.00 (Ten million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars), but the central bank office did the right 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 lady, so that was the main reason why they contacted us so as to assist them in making the investigations.

They further advised that we should warn our dear citizens who have contract payments which was awarded to them from the central bank of Nigeria to be very careful prior to these irregularities so that they do not fall victim to this ugly circumstance anymore. And should incase you are already dealing with anybody or office claiming to be from the central bank of Nigeria, you are to STOP further contact with them immediately in your best interest and contact the real office of the central bank of Nigeria (CBN) only with the below information’s accordingly:

NAME:  Mr Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (Executive Governor Central Bank Of Nigeria)
OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria, Tinubu Square Tinubu
Lagos – Nigeria.
TEL: +234-7069329526
Email: enquiry.centbnkng @

NOTE: In your best interest, any message that does not come from the above official email address with phone number should be nullified and voided immediately for security reasons. Meanwhile, we will advise that you contact the central bank office immediately with the above email address and request that they attend to your payment file as directed so as to enable you receive your contract fund accordingly.

Ensure you follow all directives from CBN as this will further help hasten up the whole payment process in regards to the transfer of your fund to you as designated. Also have in mind that the central bank of Nigeria equally have their own protocol of operation as stipulated on their banking terms. All modalities has already been worked out 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, we 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 via email so that we can brief you more as we are here to guide you during and after this project has been completely perfected and you have received your contract fund as stated.

Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation.

Best Regards,


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15 thoughts on “An Example of a Fraudulent Email

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  1. It’s too bad we’ll never find out who wrote this email. Can you imagine how giddy with anticipation this person must be that people will respond to his email? Amazing indeed.


  2. Rick,
    It’s great that you are bringing attention to the very real threat these phishing emails pose.

    Our curiosity is a very strong part of us and because of that fact, it’s very difficult for most folks to follow best practice…delete all emails if you don’t know the sender.
    Paul Lubic


  3. Ah! This people need to be more professional, they should have own email id, instead of free one. How funny, a government officer don’t have an own domain id. Yes, common sense needed here to detect this activity. But, without this jokers our spam box will be friendless, so the death of such activity is impossible. 🙂


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