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FBI Notification Email Scam: How It Works

(with video below) There are still people who fall victim to the FBI e-mail/notification aka James B. Comey scam, which has a few variations. Lately, criminals also used the name of the new FBI Director, Christopher A. Wray. Let's take a look.

Scenario 1. Scammers pose themselves as FBI agents (or Interpol representatives) informing you that they tracked your computer and caught you visiting illegal websites. The scam notification might come via e-mail or a pop-up on your screen. You “get away” with only a small fine, which has to be paid by credit card or from your bank account.

Watch the video below to see in action the sneaky FBI Notification scam exposed:

FBI Notification Scam Video

The text of the e-mail/notification says:

“YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN LOCKED”.

“This operating system is locked due to the violation of the federal laws of the United States of America! (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8; Article 202; Article 210 of the Criminal Code of U.S.A. provides for a depravation of liberty for four to twelve years.)”

“Following violations were detected: Your IP address was used to visit websites containing pornography, child pornography, zoophilia and child abuse. Your computer also contains video files with pornographic content, elements of violence and child pornography! Spam-messages with terrorist motives were also sent from your computer. This computer lock is aimed to stop your illegal activity.”

FBI email Christopher Wray

 

“To unlock the computer you are obliged to pay a fine of $200. You have 72 hours to pay the fine, otherwise you will be arrested.

You must pay the fine through MoneyPak: To pay the fine, you should enter the digits resulting code, which is located on the back of your MoneyPak, in the payment form and press OK (if you have several codes, enter them one after the other and press OK. If an error occurs, send the codes to address fine@fbi.gov.”

Most of the times when pulling this scam, criminals use the names of the real leaders of the FBI (Christopher A. Wray) and Interpol (Mireille Ballestrazzi).

Scenario 2. Various winning notifications: You are informed that – according to their investigations – you are a winner of an online “balloting system”.

Scenario 3. You are asked by the same “agents” to help with catching internet impostors, while you are awarded for doing this “secret job”. FBI logo and a signature of a representative make these e-mails look official and you are required to collect “your $80,000” by giving details of your bank account so that the money can be transferred.

As an alternative to the “win” in the “ballot” scammers ask you to identify yourself for an investigation they are doing, or inform you that you are receiving an inheritance and need you to provide your personal information.

 

Email From aka the Christopher A. Wray Scam: How To Avoid

Let's put it this way – if the real FBI has something to tell you, they will be at your door. You should never pay any fine via MoneyPak or Western Union. Scammers are just using the name of Christopher A. Wray, the elected official to run FBI.

 

Email From FBI aka the Christopher A. Wray Scam: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The FTC Here

 

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Pennsylvania

there is an email that I got from an " FBI agent" although it really wasn’t from the FBI it looked real. It should a picture of someone who works in the FBI a signature and the email looked very legit. That’s all I really remember but I did contact the FBI about it and they didn’t really seem interested.

evy budiarti

nelson.b.hw@ facebook.com is a thief using the photo album USA Army duty in Afghanistan

miguel

this happen to my cell and it’s locked how can i get rid off thi’s

Michael

Here’s another variation; the message begins: "Attention: Beneficiary, I am Special Agent Erick Bolt from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Field Intelligence Groups (FIGs). We intercepted two consignment boxes at JFK Airport, New York. The boxes were scanned and they contained large sum of money ($4.1 million) and also some backup documents which bears your name as the Beneficiary/Receiver of the money. Investigation was carried out on the diplomat that accompanied the boxes into the United States and he said that he was to deliver the fund to your residence as overdue payment owed to you by the Federal… Read more »

Frank

This Email is Scam ericpattersonm@yahoo.com let people know of it and they should never respond to it

Grier

I have received a email threatening me to pay 89.00 to Anthony emaka from ban republic stating that the FBI will put a warrant out for my arrest for terrorism and money laundering and drug trafficking and put my name on TV and the FBI terrorist list I am furious and claims that this came from FBI director James B comey. I want to press charges against this terrorist attack upon a private USA citizen please respond asap.

LaNeatha Homer

I just received an email from an agent Bobby Doweny stating that I have a compensation check from the FBI in the amount of 1.4 million dollars. In his second email were instructions on how to obtain the funds along with $230 for insurance and delivery fee of the cashier’s check. I tried looking his name up and could not find it.

John

Just got email from James Comey FBI that citibank in Alabama has 10.3 million us dollars that I a to receive if I contact the bank Bank Name: Citibank

Address: 815 D Pelham Rd, Jacksonville, AL 36265.

Attn: Lambert Huddles

(Remittance Director)

E-mail: lamberthuddles1979@gmail.com

website: http://www.citibank.com

Rae

This is a copy of the email I received: ————————- From: Washington@fbi.gov Reply-to: bobby_doweny2015@texas.la Sent: 3/31/2015 4:24:37 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time Subj: U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation Anti-Terrorist and Cyber Crime Division J. Edgar Hoover Building 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C 20535-0001, USA Service Hours / Monday to Saturday: Attention We bring to your notice that your Email address has been in our database of scammed victims for a long time, Due to complains by individuals and Governmental agencies, an emergency meeting was held at the United Nation Building in New York with the general secretary… Read more »

gerald van meter

I just got email ,said I have 10.3m from lottery from over seas. also said to contact you[lambert huddles].also gave email address.I hope it is true!

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