Today, I received a funny email from one Charles Joseph Bonaparte who claimed to be the Chairman of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Whenever I receive an email from such an “important person”, I always google and check. In this case Google search informed me that Charles Joseph Bonaparte was founder of Bureau of Investigation which later became FBI. Also that Mr. Charles Joseph Bonaparte had died in 1921! So this phishing email is the case of dead man sending email.
Below, please find my communication with Mr. Charles Joseph Bonaparte. My comments are in red, as usual.
Email from Mr. Charles Joseph Bonaparte
From: Charles Joseph Bonaparte <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: 19 August 2022 12:23
To: Undisclosed recipients: (Red herring 1 – phishing email)
Subject: ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION
ATTENTION: This email came from an external source. Do not open attachments or click on links from unknown senders or unexpected emails. (Self goal – drawing attention to self in the hope of gaining trust and confidence of the recepient)
Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI)
Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
I am Mr. Charles Joseph Bonaparte, the chairman of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). in alliance with the economic community of West African states (ECOWAS) with the head Office . We have been working towards the eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Western part of Africa With the help of the United States Government and the United Nations. (Red herring 2 – bad grammer, punctutaions and formatting)
We have been able to track down so many of these scam artists in various parts of west African countries which includes (NIGERIA, REPUBLIC OF BENIN, TOGO, GHANA CAMEROON AND SENEGAL, SOUTH AFRICA). (heard for the first time – scammer tracking scammers!)
We have been able to recover so much money from these scam artists. The United Nation Anti-crime commission and the United State Government have ordered the money recovered from the Scammers to be shared among 100 Lucky people around the globe. (Why are you not returning the money to people from whom the scammers stole the money?)
This email is being directed to you because your email address was found in one of the scam Artists file and computer hard disk in our custody here and with the information gartered from this Scam artist, we notice that you have been scammed of so much money and have decided to compensate you with a little token to recover the lost of your fund. You are therefore being compensated with the total sum of $1.5 Million Dollars. We have also arrested all those who claim that they are barristers, bank officials, Lottery Agents who have money for transfer or want you to be the next of kin of such funds which does not exist. (Frankly, I had no idea that so much money had been stolen from me – 1.5 Million USD. I'll not complain anymore)
Since your name appeared among the lucky beneficiaries who will receive a compensation of US$1.5 Million, we have made arrangement to register an Online Banking through our Global Bank, where you will have full access to your Online Banking Account Fund, to transfer your fund personally to your Private Bank Account with no complication of things or questioning as the Account will be fully registered in your Name. (Account in my name? Wow!)
Feel free to contact the processing officer MR BRIAN PETERSON. The online Banking Processing is made much easier for you to transfer your funds to your private Bank Account personally, to avoid any delay or complication of things. With this Online Banking Transfer Processing, you can only transfer the Maximum Amount of US$500.000.00 daily/install mentally (intall mentally? Could'nt understand that) until the total amount of your Compensated/deposited fund is transferred and completely paid to you.
So you are advised to contact processing officer MR BRIAN PETERSON with your provided information required for verification below.
CONTACT PERSON: MR BRIAN PETERSON
CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com (Red Herring 3: FBI using Russian email service provider. I just can't believe it)
Provide the information below to enable the processing of your Online Banking Account for deposition of your total compensation fund.
1) YOUR FULL NAME.
2) YOUR ADDRESS.
3)YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER.
4) YOUR OCCUPATIaON
5) YOUR IDENTITY.
Contact MR BRIAN PETERSON with the information required for verification to enable him start the processing of your Online Banking Account Registration.
We guarantee your safety and wish you the best of luck.
Mr. Charles Joseph Bonaparte
Federal Bureau of Investigation
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My reply to email from Charles Joseph Bonaparte
Sanjeev Sharma <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear MR BRIAN PETERSON
I have been directed by Mr. Charles Joseph Bonaparte to write to you to claim my compensation of 1.5 Million Dollars that FBI has recovered from scammers.
I am so very much thanksfil to you all for this.
My details given below:
1) YOUR FULL NAME. Sanjeev Sharma
2) YOUR ADDRESS. C-356, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi
3)YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER. 81300XXXXX
4) YOUR OCCUPATIaON service
5) YOUR IDENTITY. mole on cleft cheek
6) COUNTRY India
Thanks you for everything.
Please send details of my bank account so I can get the money.
I am now waiting for the 1.5 Million USD from Charles Joseph Bonaparte! Will let you know what happens.