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Email Alert: Fake FBI Warning

Email Alert: Fake FBI Warning

Did you receive an email claiming to be from the FBI, asking you for personal information along with threats of prosecution? Don’t get too worried, as it’s just a scam.

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A quick glance of the email (see below) may fool some people, as it includes a photo of Robert Mueller, and even contains an return address. The closer you look, however, the more this bogus email falls apart. If you actually reply to the message, it doesn’t go to an FBI email address, but to an address at So why would someone send out such an email? Once these crooks have your personal information, they will begin calling you, asking you to pay a “fine.” This is a variation of a scam that the real FBI warned consumers about earlier this year.

In short, this is the first step of an attempt to extort money from you.

  • The FBI has clearly stated that they do not send out such emails, ” if you received an e-mail that claims to be from the FBI Director or other top official, it is most likely a scam.”
  • Responding to the email actually sends you to a non-FBI email address: “[email protected]” – which hardly sounds official.
  • I can tell you from personal experience that if the FBI wants to talk to you, they’ll show up to your home or business. Email is not their standard form of initiating discussion.
  • The FBI would not send out an email full of grammatical and spelling errors. A 12 year old native English speaker probably has better grammar.  (“activites” or “this funtds”).

Just because an email includes the official seal of the FBI doesn’t mean it actually came from them.

What to do
Your best bet to simply delete the email. You can also file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center, or forward the message to the Federal Trade Commission at [email protected]

The email
From: [email protected]

Ref: FBI/DC/25/113/13/2012

Urgent attention needed

We have been informed through our global intelligence monitoring network that the sum of $10.500, 000.00, has been released from a bank in Africa bearing your name as the beneficiary without dist certificate to clear your name and fund from every terrorist or drug or money laundering activities

The bank knowing fully well that they do not have enough facilities to make this payment from any part of the world to your account directly, used what we know as a secret diplomatic transit payment (s.t.d.p) method to make the payment. direct transfers are difficult and secret diplomatic transit payment (s.t.d.p) are not usually made unless the funds are related to terrorist activities and we ask why must your payment be made in a secret transfer if your transaction is legitimate.

We do not want you to get into trouble as soon as these funds reflect in your personal account, so it is our duty as an international agency to correct these little problems before this fund reflects into your personal account.
we advice you to contact us immediately, as your funds have been stopped and are being held in our custody, until you are able to provide us with the dist certificate within 3 days from the country that authorized the transfer to certify that the funds that you are about to receive are terrorist/drug free or we shall have cause to impound the payment and subsequently prosecute you for cross border terrorist financial activites.

based on our findings, our investigative department wish to warn you against some miscreants, hoodlums and touts who go about scamming innocent people by claiming to be who they are not and thereby tarnishing the image of this wonderful country. By sending out fraudulent emails without our official logo and emblem we shall release your funds immediately we receive this legal document and we will ensure that you receive your payment without any further delay.


We decided to contact you directly by email to acquire the proper verifications and proof from you to show that you are the rightful person to receive this fund, because of the huge amount involved. Be informed that the funds are now with a top bank in the united state in your name and under the monitoring/custody of the FBI. At the moment, we have asked the bank not to release the fund to anybody that comes to them, unless we instruct them to do so, and only if we receive the dist certificate this is to enable us carry out a comprehensive investigation first before releasing the fund to you.

hence, you are to forward your dist certificate to us immediately if you have it in your possession, if you do not have it, then let us know so that we will direct you to the appropriate authority to obtain the certificate then you are to send it to our office. And thereafter, we will instruct the bank holding the funds, to go ahead and credit your account immediately. If you fail to provide the documents to this office, we will prosecute you and take appropriate action against you for not proving the legality of the funds.

Finally if you truly want to receive this funds without F.B.I troubles then reconfirm the following below

Contact number………………………………………..
Country of origin of funds……………………………..

Yours Faithfully


cc: general intelligence department (GID)
cc federal bureau of investigation (fFBIi)
cc .internet crime complaint center (ic3)
cc: Asia pacific group on money laundering (APG)
cc: international monetary fund (IMF)
cc: international organization of securities commissions (IOSCO)
cc: international banking security association (IBSA)
cc: world customs organization (WCO)
cc: inter-American development bank (IADB)
cc: national white collar crime center (NW3C)
cc: bureau of justice assistance (BJA)
cc: supreme court of South Africa(SCA)

Unless expressly stated otherwise, this message is confidential and may be privileged. It is intended for the addressee(s) only. Access to this e-mail by anyone else is unauthorized. If you are not an addressee, any disclosure or copying of the contents or any action taken (or not taken) in reliance on it is unauthorized and may be unlawful. If you are not an addressee, please inform the sender immediately.

Did you receive an email like this? Let us hear from you in the comments below.

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View Comments (36)


  1. Mar Engle

    August 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Yep I received


    and forwarded to the federal trade commision.

  2. Sumshee

    February 20, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Fox Mulder used the referenced Badge Number on one of The X-Files episodes.

  3. Andres

    January 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Just received the mail. Strange, as there is no FBI in my country unless the USA president comes to visit us! The mail came twice, one with an extra FINAL REMINDER NOTICE. Spelling mistakes, many; not worth a penny even though they talk about millions of dollars.

  4. myriam

    October 26, 2013 at 5:02 am

    I received 2 of this e-mail in Italy…

    1. from Special Agent (admin division) Colleen M. Conyngham (badge # JTT047101111) for FBI Director Mr. James Comey;

    2. from Special Agent Juke Williams for FBI Director Mr. Robert S. Mueller

    no attachments….ach..!!! ahahahahah……

  5. carmen

    October 19, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Wondering why I get so many of those msgs!!
    makes me think Carrir or Saul are gonna knock on my door one of these days!

  6. Linda

    October 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Just recived this E-Mail in Norway and wondering if Its possible to Get this money i our local currency?
    Just kidding :-)

  7. Jean

    September 26, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Got this exact email today, but from Colleen M. Conyngham. I never laughed so hard, especially as I´m a german citizen with a german email-address…

  8. Jolandie Koen

    September 23, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I had the exact mail today ( 23 September 2013) it said that it came from:
    SPECIAL AGENT (admin division)

    Colleen M. Conyngham

    (BADGE NUMBER JTT047101111)



  9. marko virtanen

    August 26, 2013 at 9:53 am

    yeap, got it too.. a week ago :/ Now i’m scary and waiting for f.b.i to ring my doorbell 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  10. Dom

    August 22, 2013 at 3:19 am

    got my this morning (3rd times) I am not US citizen, I live in spain, indeed do not have any problem with FBI nor (unfortunately) such an amount of money (legal or not) in any account :)

  11. Tyller

    August 18, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Umm the one that I got was different there was no prosecution it said to give name number address and origin of birth and they would send me a sum of 10500000.00 and Im from Canada

  12. zakaria

    August 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Hello i have just received it the same message with xfiles badge number and i have made a little comment in the ic3 site-web and told them to never do it again if they are the origine of this mail.

    Oh i’m ALGERIAN and Proud to be it.

    yes you can but u’ll never do it FBI. lolll. more than 10m dollars?!!!! who is the stupid man who gave them his coordinates…!!!

  13. Damir Sovic

    August 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Got one these days. Fox Mulder revamped! Fortunately, it was sent directly to the Scam folder, where it belongs.

  14. Mr Bela Almasi

    August 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I also received today a letter with same content from
    Colleen M. Conyngham, (BADGE NUMBER JTT047101111)
    I did not send the requested informations but asked
    to send his ID.

  15. Austin

    July 17, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I received the same exact email. Word for word.Can you ensure that u find who ever is sending this before someone has their identity stolen or worse. cause some people believe in these emails.

  16. Swetty

    June 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Dear Whoever posted this

    You have saved me from a nervous breakdown! I have just received such an email, two in face. Only with updated heads of departments, but witht he exact same badge no.! For £10,500. It scared the living *rap out of me! I did respond asking for proof of who they are under present political climate.
    It was only because I happened to tap in the badge no. that this blog came up. Thank you so very very very very much. You will never know how much you have helped, and how many people! God Bless

    • waffles

      June 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Wow – we’re so glad you found us before it went any further! Your comment made our day.

  17. Dharma

    May 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I received a similar letter twice on 23 May 2013, claimed to be sent by Special Agent Ms. Colleen M. Conyngham.


  18. Ray

    May 13, 2013 at 4:50 am

    I received a similar letter today 13 May 2013, claimed to be sent by Special Agent Ms. Colleen M. Conyngham.


  19. 777

    May 11, 2013 at 1:50 am

    I recived one letter today.

  20. polar

    May 10, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I also got this email today. And it’s as same text/words as on this page.

  21. Eve

    April 24, 2013 at 5:30 am

    I too received this email today.

  22. jenna

    April 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

    i to got this email and then i got another a day later warning me this was my second reminder! i thought u must think im stupid!

  23. lizette

    March 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    i also recived this email couple of days ago but my laptop is locked they says because of the fbi what should i do that wont come off… i have try turning it off battery off everything and it wont go away :(

  24. devendra

    March 16, 2013 at 12:26 am

    I also recieved the mail.

    Thanks for information

  25. Juan Carlos Nunez

    March 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I just got the same email, with same text.
    Carlos Nunez
    Best Regards

  26. Avadhoot

    March 7, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Yes I also received an e-mail like this and I was confused thanks for this post for awareness.

  27. lucas

    February 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    sou brasileiro e recebi um e-mail desse também.

  28. starhawk

    February 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I received this today. I’m getting a slight giggle out of it as FBI agent Conyngham is really with the FBI admin division and was awarded the promotion only a week prior to this spam e-mail going out. The badge number: Special Agent Fox Mulder…. Yes, that’s right! From the X-Files LOL.

    • waffles

      February 13, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Thanks for the comment and good catch on the badge number!

  29. Rikki

    February 12, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Just received the email today, I wonder how many people still fall for these scams

  30. Rex

    February 8, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I also receive this e-mail, 09.02.2013.

  31. dzem

    February 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I also got this email today. And it’s as same text/words as on this page.

  32. volandr

    January 30, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I also got a 2-letter yesterday and today. This is how the text / words on this page.

  33. Silvia M.

    January 28, 2013 at 2:06 am

    I also got this email today. And it’s as same text/words as on this page.

    • Danielle McDougall

      September 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      I just received this email… bit from Colleen M. Conyngham

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