The City Clerk, Terri Kowal, sent me this prize winner today. There are lots of these crazy fraud scams floating around this year. Here is what you need to know about it:
- The Treasury Department will NEVER send you an email
- The FBI is part of the Justice Department and NEVER chases down alleged money owed in this fashion.
The terminology is hilarious!! Particularly in the “warning.” Whoever even heard of a “CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE?” What does the “lay down rules for the Treasury Department to release….”mean? And why would you send $350 to the DHS? And what government entity is the USGDT.ORG? Federal government websites are .GOV not .ORG. The US Treasury website is http://www.treasury.gov . And why is the government “official” cam mc dougal sending this from his AOL address? And when I look up “usgdt” I find that it is a known spammer address. Ban it from your system.
And given the sentence construction I would guess that this person is not a native English speaker so it is probably coming from off shore as many of these are.
From: Cameron McDougal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: March 24, 2014 at 9:38:48 PM EDT
To: “Kowal, Terri” <email@example.com>
Subject:Contact the Treasury Department
You are to contact the U.S. Department of Treasury Washington, D.C to obtain your Clearance Certificate, find below their contact information’s:
Contact Person: Ivan Fong General Counsel U.S. Department of Treasury Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20220
Ensure you contact the Treasury Department with your Full Name, Address and phone number/cell number. Contact the DHS via Email with the information above immediately, once you contact them I will get back to you or else I will have an agent come visit you at home for questioning.
Furthermore, be advised that according to the United State Law together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation rules and regulations, you are to obtain the document from the Treasury Department. Also note that you are to take care of the cost of the Clearance Certificate, which will be issued in your name. Due to the content of the Clearance Certificate and how important and secured the document is, you as the beneficiary will send the DHS the sum of $350 Dollars only for the issuing of the Clearance Certificate. That is the lay down rules for the Treasury Department to release such sensitive document; The United States Treasury Department will issue you the authentic and original copy of the Clearance Certificate with a seal on it for verification and approval.
You are hereby advised to Contact them through the email address above to make an inquiry concerning how you will send the official fee to them. Note that you are to observe this immediately, if you really want your funds to be credited to your personal bank account and to avoid any legal battle with the security operatives over this matter. We have already informed the Treasury Department about the present situation go ahead and contact them immediately. Your funds are under our custody and will not be released to you unless the required document is confirmed, after that the fund will be release to you immediately without any delay.
NOTE: We have asked for the above document to make available the most completed and up-to date records possible for no criminal justice purposes. The documents will clarify the intensity of this fund; exonerate it from money laundry, scam and terrorism.
WARNING: Failure to provide the above requirement in the next 24 hours, legal action will be taken immediately by arresting and detaining you as soon as international court of justice issues a warrant of arrest, if you are found guilty, you will be jailed as terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering is a serious problem in our community today and the world at large. The F.B.I will not stop at any length in tracking down and prosecuting any criminal who indulges in this criminal act. Nobody is above the law and the law is not a respecter of anybody. We presume you are law abiding and would not want to have scuffles with the authority, in and outside of the United States.
We are charged with the responsibility of implementing legal norms and our authority is irrevocable so don’t dare dispute our instruction, just act as instructed. The person you know will not help you in this matter rather abide by this instruction. The funds in question were deposited by those people that contacted you.
Note: You are to contact Treasury Department with your full names, phone number/cell number and full address via the email which I stated above immediately, for the processing of your Clearance Certificate within the next 48 hours.
Faithfully Yours Cameron Mcdougal
Note contact the Treasury Department office: email@example.com
Ignore this junk. And ignore anyone who calls, writes or emails you telling you to pay an overdue bill using Green Dot cards. It is a fast way scammers use to get your money and there is no way we can get it back. They try to get you to buy Green Dot prepaid credit cards and give them the number. As soon as you do, the money is drawn from the account and moved out of the country almost instantly.
You can quote me on it. Don’t be fooled.