Obvious ‘FBI’ scam reported

Royal Cayman Islands Police have issued a warning concerning a rather obvious scam that purports to be a letter from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Officers from the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit said an email going around from the “Office of the Executive Director” of the FBI informs readers that it is all right to claim more than $10 million from the Bank of Nigeria.

“While is hard to believe that anyone would fall for such a scam, times are hard and some people may see this as a way to ‘get rich quick’,” said RCIPS Chief Inspector Claudia Brady.

The e-mail tells the recipient that an ATM card loaded with the $10 million is waiting to be couriered to them. They are then asked to provide financial details and pay large sums of money to complete the deal and pay for the courier service.

“Think about it”, said Ms. Brady. “Would the FBI load $10 million from an account you don’t have onto an ATM and then courier it to you? Do not respond to the e-mail. Do not even consider sending any cash or personal details. If you do, you will end up losing cash instead of realising your dream of becoming an overnight millionaire.”

Anyone who requires any advice about how to spot an internet scam is asked contact the Financial Crime Unit on 949-8797.

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