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​New phishing campaign purports to come from FBI Director Christopher Wray

​New phishing campaign purports to come from FBI Director Christopher Wray
  • The phishing email states that the check for $10.7 million will be sent via ‘Cargo Logistics Courier Delivery Service’ and the receiver needs to pay the delivery charges for quick delivery.
  • The email then asks recipients’ to send their names, mailing addresses, and phone numbers to Mr. Richard Bowen (Assigned Special Agent) via email.

A phishing campaign purporting to come from FBI Director Christopher Wray states that the FBI is helping you to claim the fund of $10.7 million via Bank of America.

Contents of the scam email

The scam emails have subject lines similar to ‘Attension: Beneficiary’ and states that the FBI is seeking to wiretap internet.

  • The email states that the FBI has discovered that the transaction for which the bank that contacted the victim previously, was legal and that the fund has been legally approved to be paid by the Bank of America.
  • The email adds that due to various scams on the internet, the FBI has contacted the ‘Cargo Logistics Courier Delivery Service’ for delivery.
  • The phishing email goes on to say that the check for $10.7 million will be sent via ‘Cargo Logistics Courier Delivery Service’ and the receiver needs to pay the delivery charges for quick delivery.
  • It then asks recipients’ to send their names, mailing addresses, and phone numbers to Mr. Richard Bowen (Assigned Special Agent) via email.

“Recently the fund has been legally approved to be paid via Bank of America. So, we the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Washington Dc, in conjunction with the United Nations (UN) financial department have investigated through our monitoring network noting you that your transaction with the Bank of America is legal,” the email read, BleepingComputer reported.

What is so suspicious about the email?

  • The very first suspicious thing about the email is that the FBI Director directly contacting us to coordinate the transfer of funds.
  • The second suspicion is the fact that the FBI is claiming to send the check of $10.7 million via a courier parcel that weighs 2.1 kg.

The bottom line

The FBI will never contact anyone via email to coordinate the transfer of funds. In case if you receive any such email purporting to come from the FBI, then it is a mere scam.

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