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Don't look stupid INTERPOL Monetary Crimes Notification Scam
We've all gotten one (or hundreds) of these. Many people fall for them, thinking these are real police contacts and that either they have actual money waiting for them, or will get into serious trouble if they don't cooperate. Let's examine this one point by point, shall we? ...
Reply-To: email@example.com From: "International Police Authority" firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONETARY CRIMES DIVISION..(GET BACK TO ME FAST).... Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:09:19 -0700
Well, first of all, why would the Interpol JFK Office use a yandex.com email address? Yandex is the Chinese equivalent to sites like hotmail.com or yahoo.com. They offer free email addresses to anyone who wants them. Wouldn't an official government office have an official government email address? Likewise, siclife-gh.com is an insurance company in Ghana and is not a government authority at all.
JOHN F. KENNEDY RESIDENT AGENCY ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONETARY CRIMES DIVISION Deferred inspections unit American airlines - terminal nine 1st floor arrivals area - room 11-161 JFK international airport
Do a quick google.com search on the name of this organization. You'll find out that there is no such organization, and that almost all the results returned are describing this as a scam. Don't trust the names given in the email. Always check them out yourself.
Attention: Beneficiary, We, office of the International Police Authority JFK Resident Agency hereby write to inform you that we stopped a courier personal by the name Mrs. Agnes Cole here at (John Kennedy International Airport) New York with a consignment box filled with cash valued at US,674,000:00 (Fourteen Million,Six Hundred and Seventy Four Thousand United States Dollars). In the course of our interrogation and investigation on the courier personal she said that the consignment box belongs to you and that she was sent by a Darly Martin to come deliver the consignment box to you not knowing that the content of the box is money.
Wait just a minute right here. Are you expecting someone in a foreign country to be sending you millions of dollars? Is there any conceivable reason someone should be sending it to you? Engage your brain for a moment and realize that this alone is reason enough to doubt the entire email and consider it likely to be fake and a scam. Seriously.
Now, this courier lady is under detention and custody of the office of (INTERPOL) security here in JFK airport N.Y, and we cannot release her until we carry out our proper investigation on how this huge amount of money managed to be yours. So, in this regards you are to reassure and prove to us that the money you are about to receive is legal by sending us the Ownership Clearance Certificate showing that the money is not illegal. Note, that the Ownership Clearance Certificate must to be secured from the office of the Nigerian ministry of finance, because that is the only office that will issue you the original Ownership Clearance Certificate of this funds, this is because the fund originated from Nigeria.
INTERPOL is a European police agency, similar to the FBI in the USA. Their jurisdiction is limited to European member countries. Just as the FBI is restricted to operating within the United States, INTERPOL would not have an office in a US airport. It would be the FBI investigating this shipment, or the CIA, or DHS, or even the TSA. A European police force would not be detaining couriers in the USA.
You are advised to forward immediately the Ownership Clearance Certificate if you have it with you, but if you do not have it, we urge you to contact back the sender of Agnes Cole to help you secure the Award Ownership Certificate if at all you do not have it. Below is the contact information of the person that sent Mrs. Agnes Cole as provided by her; Name: Allen Walker Email: email@example.com
Again, look at that email address. Would a government official in Nigeria be using a gmail.com address for official government business? Wouldn't it be a Nigerian government email account?
Furthermore, we are giving you only but 3 working business days to forward the requested Ownership Clearance Certificate. Please note that we shall get back to you after the 3 working business days, and if you don't come up with the certificate we shall confiscate the funds into the government account then charge you for money laundering and smuggling of currencies as stipulated in the United States Patriot Act bill on money laundering related activities, signed into law (P.L.107-56) by President Bush on October 26, 2001 and the United Nations Chatter on money laundering., but if you forward the Ownership Clearance Certificate then we will release courier lady to come deliver to you your consignment box also gives you every back up on the money.
Three days? Really? Think about that. If you were a suspected criminal why would the police give you three days to respond? Why would they let you know they are 'on to you' and give you that long to leave town and disappear? In fact, why would they email you at all? Wouldn't they simply have shown up at your door ready to arrest you without notice? Absolutely laughable.
Oh, and just what is the 'United Nations Chatter'?
Thanks for your understanding and co-operation. Yours Truly, Lt. David Hill JOHN F. KENNEDY RESIDENT AGENCY ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONITORY CRIMES DIVISION
Do a google.com search on that agency name and see what shows up. It's not a real agency at all. The name is clearly associated with years worth of scams.
You should also look up the definition of the word 'monitory'. It has nothing to do with monetary investigations.
JFK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEW YORK 11430 USA CC: FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) CC: CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (CIA) CC: NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY (NSA) CC: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)
Yes, these are the agencies that would really be investigating this money laundering incident. So of course they were CC'd on this email. Oh, wait ... don't CC lines appear in the header of the email? These lines were simply tacked on to the bottom of the body, where they are completely meaningless.
Don't look stupid, folks. Read carefully and think. You know these scams are out there. Recognize them instead of falling for them!