So, if you don't believe that the BANK OF THE NORTH INTERNATIONAL,ABUJA or a relative of Ex-Nigerian Head of State Late Gen. Sanni Abacha who died on the 8th of June 1998 has $12 million in ill-gotten gains just waiting to share with you, perhaps you will believe the FBI does.
The latest version of Nigerian spam purports to be an "official order" from the FBI's Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division confirming an inheritance or lottery winnings, reports the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a DOJ entity. Turn over some personally identifying information to claim your share, or perhaps face criminal sanctions for failure to do so, the scam goes.
Another spam purportedly from the IC3 says the recipient has extorted money and must turn it over right away. Don't do it:
The FBI does not send unsolicited e-mails of this nature. FBI Executives are briefed on numerous investigations but do not personally contact consumers regarding such matters. In addition, the IC3 does not send threatening letters to consumers demanding payments for Internet crimes.