By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller
So, when the couple in Wilder, received the letter, curiosity piqued their interest.
“We have no idea who these people are, and we believe this is some kind of scam,” wrote Earl Brickman on the end of the letter he’d received.
This letter, with official looking symbols (FBI and EFCC) and associated website address, looks official on a first glance. But, as the letter reads, it certainly becomes clear the author is playing the 419-Nigerian scam.
“Your Name was short listed among list of people who will be compensated with the Total sum of $9.5Million from Federal Government Reserve Oil Account,” the letter states.
In order to set you straight that it is not from a scammer, it continues “so many people have been parading themselves as the Payment Officer and they also claim to working for top Courier Company like DHL, FEDEX and used the names of top Government Officials in carrying out their fraudulent activities.” It claims they are with the EFCC, FBI and CIA and offer a list of MOST WANTED SCAMMERS.
EFCC Most Wanted
- George Williams Benson
- Ellis Bryan
- Albert Smith
- Sanusi Lamido
- David Moore
- Peter Pan
- James Grant
- Mike Anderson
- Scott Williams
- Mr. Phillip Richards
- Mike Anderson
- Eric Packer Nelson Brown
Following the list, they claim they “will get you arrested and charge you to court” if you send money to anyone on the list. They are watching: “our investigation eyes are is now on you and you have to stop” doing anything with them.
It then promises to get the $9.5 million promised. The matter came to the EFCC’s attention after it was brought to the “limelight.”
In conclusion, they state that they are giving their full support, “But you just have to stop dealing with those internet frauds stars or else will arraigned for your arrest” and “never you contact this bad Yoke’s of eggs anymore.”
BE WARNED! AND WARNED!! BE WARNED!!! – the letter ends.
In order to receive the money, a huge amount of personal and financial information is required.
- Be alert to official looking mailings that are meant to misrepresent a government agency
- Check the reputation of all offers with the BBB
- Read all the material carefully and be aware of the conditions of the offer
- Alert family members to be wary of suspicious foreign mailings or communications
- Never give your personal information, bank account number or financial information to an unknown entity
- Remember, if an offer sounds too good to be true, it usually is!