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October 10, 2011

An "Honest" Advance Fee Crook

So many Nigerian princes, so many European lotteries...you just never know how much these advance-fee (419) goons are going to scam out of you while you chase a pot of gold at the end of an endless rainbow. At least this Bank of America senior personal banker — who also happens to be a reverend, so he must be legit — tells you right up front the minimum you'll be paying out of your pocket (it's long, so grab a cookie now):

From: Bank of America

Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division
FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001

Attn: Beneficiary.

This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly completed an Investigation with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you legally won the sum of $800,000.00 USD from the Bank of America Online Balloting System, which was held at the Bank of America Corporate Center in Charlotte, NC. During our investigation we discovered that your e-mail was one of the 8 Lucky Addresses in this New Year Balloting Program that won the money. Your Winnings have been deposited at the Bank of America (Bank Address: 1375 N Citrus Ave, Covina, CA 91722) and the Bank have been authorized to pay you via a Certified Cashier's Check drawn from the Bank of America. I wish to congratulate you on your winnings; your email address was among those chosen during the Bank of America Online balloting from the new Java-based software that randomly selects email addresses from the web from which winners are sel ected.

Normally, it will take up to 4 business days for a Bank of America Check to be cleared, cashed and remitted into your account by another local bank. We have successfully notified the banks on your behalf that funds are to be drawn from our registered bank (Bank of America) so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $800,000.00 USD has been deposited with our bank, Bank Of America in COVINA, CALIFORNIA.

We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive the certified cashier's check into your personal account as we have verified the entire transaction to be Safe and 100% risk free, due to the fact that the funds is with Bank Of America you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the Bank of America Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located in Covina, California, United States of America. According to the directives, you are required to pay for the following -

(1) Deposit Fee's (Fee's paid to setup a new account for the beneficiary by the Bank of America)
(2) Courier Delivery Fee (Fee paid to deliver the check through dhl delivery to your designated address)
(3) Insurance Fee (This is the fee paid by bank to insure the check before been deposited at the bank to avoid any deduction)

The total amount for everything is $750.00 (Seven Hundred and Fifty-US Dollars). We have tried our possible best to indicate that this $750.00 should be deducted from your winning prize but we found out that the funds have already been insured and deposited at Bank Of America, Centralia, Washington and cannot be accessed by
anyone apart from you the beneficiary, therefore you will be required to pay the required fee's to the Agent in-charge of this transaction via Western Union Money Transfer Or Money Gram.

In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge (REV BROWN SMITH) via e-mail.
Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information:
Contact Agent Name: REV BROWN SMITH (Senior Personal Banker)
E-mail Address: [removed]@live.com
Bank of America: 1375 N Citrus Ave, Covina, CA 91722.

You will also be required to e-mail him with the following information:

You will also be required to request Western Union details on how to send the required $750.00 in order to immediately deliver your Funds of $800,000.00 USD via Certified Cashier's Check drawn from Bank Of America, also include the following transaction code in order for him to immediately identify this transaction : EA2948-910.

This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $750.00 ONLY to Rev Brown Smith via information in which he shall send to you, if you do not receive your winning prize of $800,000.00 we shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $8,000 which will be made PAYABLE ONLY to you (The Winner).

Due to the confidentiality of this matter, I decided to contact you privately to avoid imposters.
Please find below an authorized signature which has been signed by the FBI Director- Robert Mueller, also below is the FBI NSB (National Security).

FBI Director
Robert Mueller.

Setting aside the preposterousness of the whole story (especially the part about bringing the FBI into the picture), I can guarantee you that anyone who forks over the $750 will be hit up for additional fees and taxes before the $800K is never sent. Once a 419er has a nibble, he or she will be relentless in draining funds from the gullible participant. If you want to save some time and achieve the same result with less anxiety and heartache, withdraw $750.00 in cash from your bank account and flush it down the nearest toilet.

By the way, Rev Brown Smith gets around quite a bit. According to a simple Google search, somehow he always manages to be near holdings of alleged big money. For years now.

Posted on October 10, 2011 at 11:25 AM