In this scary world of botnets and truly sophisticated phishing emails, it's important to take a moment to smell the roses... in this case, actually read one of the hilarious Nigerian 419 letters.
Here's one, not ambitious at all by 419 standards; it offers $800K rather than the usual 38.5M or 50M dollars... and it is up-front about the up-front fee: only "$250 Dollar", how can you go wrong?
Anyway, you gotta love the language, like "you are having a Legal Transaction with one Barrister Robert Scheels" and "all you did have to do is to be rest assured for this is 100% risk free".
Oh, BTW, it looks like the scam-baiting site 419 Eater is alive and well after all these years... great fun!
Anti-Terrorist and Monitory Crimes Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington D.C
This is to Officially Inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly investigated by the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you are having a Legal Transaction with one Barrister Robert Scheels of the Federal Ministry of Finance Nigeria/United Kingdom. During our Investigation, it came to our notice that the reason why you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfill your Financial Obligation giving to you in respect of your Contract/Inheritance Payment.
So therefore, we have contacted the Federal Ministry Of Finance on your behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by arranging your payment in total of US$800,000.00 in an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw money in anywhere of the world. You now have the lawful right to claim your fund in the ATM CARD by contacting the ATM CARD CENTER.
Also, we have being informed by Mr. Robert Scheels that he gave you instructions on how to proceed and contact the ATM CARD CENTER for their requirements to procure your Approval Slip which contains details of your PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (PIN) which you would use in activating and operating your ATM CARD in any ATM Machine closer to you and note that to procure your Approval Slip it would cost you $250 Dollar Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in this transaction, all you did have to do is to be rest assured for this is 100% risk free so do contact the ATM CARD CENTRE so they could let you know on how to make payment for the procurement of your Approval Slip which is the only payment needed before the delivery of your ATM CARD is being effected.
Below are the contact details of the ATM CARD CENTRE which you are to proceed and contact them for their requirements to proceed and procure your Approval Slip after making payment of $250 Dollar
Mr. Timothy C. Collins
399 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10022
NY Tel. +1 (646) 736-7692
We do await your response so we can move on with our Investigation and make sure your ATM SWIFT CARD gets to you.
Thanks and hope to read from you soon.
I request that you kindly forward to me your letter of acceptance with the below details via my private email:-firstname.lastname@example.org
Private Email which you check everyday:-
Date of Birth:-
Robert S. Mueller
Note: Do disregard any email you get from any imposter or office claiming to be in possession of your ATM CARD, you are advised only to be in contact with Mr. Timothy C. Collins of the ATM CARD CENTRE who is the rightful person you are suppose to deal with in regards your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward any email you get from imposters to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation.
Final Notification from the United state Fbi