Woke up today to find this gem in the mailbox. Who knew that the FBI and the Central Bank of Nigeria would be looking for me!
This email is entertaining for a couple of reasons (at least!) beyond the alleged working relationship between Mr. Comey and the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Take a look at the portions highlighted with blue text! First a warning that “you should ignore any message that does not come from the above email address and phone number for security reasons.”
Next, look at Mr. Comey’s email address. I would have thought that after all the email scandals in Washington that Mr. Comey would not be using an AOL email address for such important and sensitive business!
Re: Urgent January Notice…….From: James B. Comey, Jr., <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jan 18 at 12:37 PM
OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
MR. JAMES B. COMEY, JR,
FEDERAL BUREAUOF INVESTIGATION,
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001. USA.
Attention: Beneficiary,After proper investigations, we, the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) discovered that your impending (over-due contract) payment with Central Bank of Nigeria is 100% legal and has been approved for release to you.
We recently had a meeting with the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, in the person of Mr Godwin Emefiele and other top officials of the concerned Ministries regarding your case and we were made to understand that your files have been held in abeyance pending on when you personally apply for the claim.
Investigations also revealed that a lady, by name Mrs. Joan B Melvin from New York has already contacted Central Bank of Nigeria with a power of attorney and some documents, which stipulated that you have mandated her to claim your fund of US$25,000,000.00 (Twenty Five Million United States Dollars) on your behalf due to your ill health.
In view of this, we have been urged to warn US citizens who have received information pertaining to their outstanding contract payment to be very careful and not to be a victim of ugly circumstance. In case you are already dealing with anybody or office of the Central Bank of Nigeria, you are strictly advised to STOP further communication with them in your best interest and thereby contact the real office of the Central Bank of Nigeria via the below information:
NAME: MR. GODWIN EMEFIELE
OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria,Central Business District,
Cadastral Zone, Abuja, Federal.
Capital Territory, Nigeria.
NOTE: In your best interest, you should ignore any message that does not come from the above email address and phone number for security reasons. And to enable the Central Bank of Nigeria to process and release the fund to you, you are required to re-confirm your full details such as
FULL NAMES: __________________________________
ZIP: ______________COUNTRY: _______________________
SEX: _______________AGE: __________________
TELEPHONE NUMBER: _____________________
Ensure that you follow the Central Bank of Nigeria due process as enshrined in the International Banking Secrecy Act to avoid any form of discrepancy, which may hinder your fund transfer.Thanks for your understanding and cooperation as we earnestly await your urgent response.
James B. Comey, Jr.,
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building,
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C