A Letter From the FBI

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When I was a teenager, I was what most people considered to be a “good girl”. Sure, I skipped class on a regular basis, talked back to teachers, and occasionally lied to my parents. But who doesn’t, right? I didn’t take drugs, drink underage, or sneak around at night. I got good grades at school. And I didn’t commit crimes.

While many things have changed over the last twenty years, I’m still not a criminal.

So I wasn’t at all worried when I discovered I’d received an email from the FBI.

And not just some random person at the FBI, either. A couple of days ago I got a letter from one Mark F. Giuliano. According to the signature on his email, he’s the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Atlanta Division. But I know better than to believe everything I read on the interwebs, so I did a quick google search to double-check.

(Yes, I do see the irony in using the internet to check the validity of something I saw on the internet. And my response to that is here.)

According to a National Press Release from the FBI on October 3rd this year, Mr Giuliano was, indeed, named as the Special Agent in Charge  of Atlanta Division. So this letter is clearly legitimate. Sure, it came from an IP address located in Japan, but that was clearly just the FBI being secretive and tricky…. Right?

Without further ado, here is the letter I received. (I hope posting it here isn’t illegal. Please contact me if there’s any problems, Special Agent!)

From the office of Agent Mark F. Giuliano
Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Atlanta Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Intelligence field unit
2635 Century Parkway N.E,
Suite 400 Atlanta, GA 30345 USA
  
Urgent Attention:
  
I am Special Agent Mark F. Giuliano from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Atlanta Division) Intelligence Unit. We have just intercepted and confiscated two (2) trunk boxes at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta international airport, and are on the verge of moving it to our bureau head quarters.
  
We have scanned the said boxes, and have found it to contain a total sum of USD$4.5M and also backup document which bears your name as the receiver of the money contained in the boxes. Investigations carried out on the diplomat who accompanied the boxes into the United States has it that he was to deliver this fund to your residence as your contract/inheritance payment which was due you from the office of finance Minster of the federal government of Nigeria.
  
We cross-checked all legal documentation in the boxes, and were about to release the consignment to the diplomat, when we found out that the boxes is lacking one very important documentation which as a result, the boxes have been confiscated until the required document is provided.
  
According to section 229 subsections 31 of the 1991 constitution on release of unclaimed consignment payment, your consignment lacks funds ownership certificate and for that reason you must contact me for direction on how to procure this certificate, so that your consignment can be legally cleared and okay for delivery to you.
  
You are required to contact this bureau within 72 hours or we would take it that you do not want your consignment, and would move it to the treasury Also, you must not contact any other bank for any payment, because your payment is here in care of our storage vault team and will be released to you once you follow my directives
 You have been warned.
  
Yours in service,
Mark F. Giuliano
Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Atlanta Division

 

Although I’m very pleased to get this letter, and to discover that all the emailing I did a few weeks back with that Nigerian Prince has paid off, I’m a little concerned. In fact, I’m more than a little concerned. I’m fairly sure that diplomat was trying to steal the funds that rightly belong to me and the Prince. What other possible reason would he have to fly into Atlanta, when my arrangements called for the funds to be brought to me in AUSTRALIA.

I’ve written back to Mr Guiliano, of course, asking that he immediately arrest the diplomat and send the money back to Nigeria so it can be forwarded to me with a more reputable ambassador of the Prince. Hopefully I’ll receive notification from him soon that my arrangement is back on track.

But in all seriousness, I’m impressed that the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Atlanta Division would have taken the time out of his busy schedule to contact me about this, and that he didn’t simply keep that $4.5 million for himself. Gods bless the FBI.

Have you ever had a letter from Mark F. Guiliano? How about other FBI agents?

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57 responses to “A Letter From the FBI

  1. I have not.

    I was however insulted by a Russian this morning. He left a comment letting me know that his brother had recommended my site and until then his brother had never been wrong.

  2. kaycee

    When i saw where this was going i feared it would have something to do with my country. I was still shocked when Nigeria was involved.
    Lol.

  3. amanda

    People really need to lay off trying to scam others! I got the same email just yesterday along with many others for years though a yahoo email address i had, i changed my email to a different provider and I’m still getting those BS scam emails

  4. Jr

    I got this same letter to my email. Wow!

  5. DANIELA

    – I’VE RECEIVED THE SAME EMAIL ALSO, ITS A SCAM.

  6. yvonne weddel

    I recieved a similiar letter plz contact me…is it a fake letter

  7. Elise Sharp

    I have just received this same exact letter, only mine was in the sum of $5 million so…is it legit or really a scam? A little confused here

    • It’s a scam. Anyone who emails you out of the blue and tells you they have millions of dollars for you is trying to scam you.

      • Elise Sharp

        How do block these scams? I get them all the time from India, Nigeria and other places its really starting to annoy me and piss me off..I once email one guy back and told him that I knew it was a scam and to quit emailing me or I was gonna go to the police. Never heard nothing from that one since

      • Mark them as spam and your email browser will filter them into your spam folder in future.

    • Must be inflationary……mine is for $5.8 mil!!! (maybe it’s just that they are trying to undercut women(?) I happen to have a friend in the (real) FBI so I hit “Reply” and “cc’d” my FBI buddy to have “them work together” to get to the bottom of the situation.
      :o)
      For some strange reason, I don’t have a lot of hope that I’ll be hearing anything positive from good old Agent Mark!!!

      Peace & Aloha

  8. I got it and knew it was a scam right away

  9. Bill

    Just received this email in my spam … I knew it was a hoax, but surprised how old (how long) it is been happeneing

  10. I just received this letter today. Like you, I wanted to do some research on this obvious hoax. I hope they catch whomever is doing this crap!

  11. Hi: March 10th, 2014

    I received the exact same email today from this prolific Agent. One thing is clear, he can neither spell correctly nor use the English language properly.

    aaaahe has no date on his letter and he has no formal logo to begin his email;.

    This fraud was in my SPAM folder, but now it is in the trash where it belongs.

    This SPAM is more correctly entitled, ” SCAM “. If yo see one like it, TRASH it quickly!!

    ed c.
    new york resident

  12. Golden potatoes are real

    I check my spam folder every so often when I need a laugh or two

    I got one today – one of many different types I am afraid – but it was from James comey at the FBI and only requires me to send 290 dollars to have the money released to me – what with that and the tax refund I am due, the money from some people with the same last name as me and the poor lady who has some money in a vault and needs me to get it out for her via my bank – I am a multi-millionaire this week – thats the fifth time this month I am a multi-millionaire. Oh if only I had time to claim all these millions – but I am a bit busy watching paint dry today, so I’ll just wait for next months emails and the millions that will be coming my way then……..although I do have a jam packed schedule next month too – I will be be digging up golden potatoes that grow at the bottom of my garden and sending them to cash for gold – I have loads spare so if anyone wants any, just send me a million dollars to cover shipping fees……..!!!!!!!

  13. Special Agent Giuliano is obviously a very busy man. Not only did he assure me in the email he sent to me today that he was the Special Agent in Charge at Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta Georgia, he was also tapped as the Deputy Director of the entire FBI organization back in late 2013. One would think that such a capable and responsible man would learn how to delegate some of his myriad duties. His home and personal life must be a wreck.

    And I received quite a surprise in the same email. Did you know that US Customs is now responsible for providing services to flat dwellers and those renting living accommodations? It has to be true because the email was copied to CC: THE US CUSTOMS AND BOARDER PROTECTION

  14. Just received this although they raised the amount to $5.8M must be the interest added as no one has claimed it 😉

  15. campbellac23

    Why did I only get $4.1M? Jelous!

  16. Totally not fair. Apparently I’m only entitled to 4.1 million, cash in 2 consigment boxes at JFK, but only if I produce another document to prove it. Everybody else is getting way more ..waaaa.
    Special Agent Giuliano says I’m going to be prosecuted for money laundering, if I don’t do what they say. AND I can’t contact any more banks in Nigeria, the UK, or any part of the world for that matter. Geez I’m hardcore..
    According to the email/letter, Agent G is from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Field Intelligence Groups (FIGs). And I got this over the internet, so it’s gotta be true.
    I’m outta here… *hiding under bed*

  17. I got the same email today too. Thanks for posting this warning! I deleting it.

  18. Lauri

    I got an email today in my spam folder from the same agent… I didn’t open it so I don’t know how much $$ I am missing out on by ignoring it. I happened upon your article here while trying to find out how long this has been going on. I knew it would have to be a scam as only family has the email address it was sent to. Crazy people out there.

  19. Don

    I got the same Email today, December 8,2014. And he wants to prosecute me too. Time to fire up the generators, and go to the bug out shelter. Ha Ha

  20. mglreale

    i have the same letter, but his name is Agent James Britt Johnson
    jjajajajaja

  21. nina

    i just the same letter today. i also did a little research and went as far as copying the email address it came from and pasted it on to a new email asking the Agent to shed some light. it came back undelivered. email wasn’t a valid one. lol

  22. Tiffany

    Is it legitimate?

  23. dick brown

    In the last ten years I have inherited over 12 Billion dollars from people I don’t know. I told Agent Guiliano to just give the 4.1 Million dollars to the IRS. I can’t accept anymore money.

  24. WandaSavoie

    Yes i received one from Mr Comey himself also associated with a 419 scam

  25. rw

    I got the same email this past weekend. great for laughs after discovering it’s a scam. sent a copy to my lawyer too!

  26. K Robinson

    I saw this in my “Junk” folder. Was sent to me on Thurs., 3/12/15.

    RE: FROM THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI)

    Thu
    AGENT MARK GIULIANO
    From: AGENT MARK GIULIANO
    To: Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Field Intelligence Groups J. Edgar Hoover Building
    935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.

    Attention: Beneficiary,

    We sincerely apologized for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail instead of a certified mail, post-mail, phone or face to face conversation, it’s due to the urgency and importance of the security information of our citizenry, I am Special Agent Mark Giuliano from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Field Intelligence Groups (FIGs). We intercepted two consignment boxes at JFK Airport, New York. The boxes were scanned and they contained large sum of money ($4.1 million) and also some backup documents which bears your name as the Beneficiary/Receiver of the money. Investigation was carried out on the diplomat that accompanied the boxes into the United States and he said that he was to deliver the fund to your residence as overdue payment owed to you by the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the security company in United Kingdom.

    After cross-checking all legal documents in the boxes, we found out that your consignment was lacking an important document and we can’t release the boxes to the diplomat until the document is found, we have no other option than to confiscate your consignment.

    According to Internal Revenue Code (IRC) in Title 26 also contain reporting requirement on a Form 8300, Report of Cash Payment Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business, money laundering activity may violate 18 USC §1956, 18 USC 1957, 18 USC 1960, and provision of Title 31, and 26 USC 6050I of the United States Code (USC), this section will discuss only those money laundering and currency violation under the jurisdiction of IRS, your consignment lacks proof of ownership certificate from the joint team of IRS and IRC, therefore you need to reply back immediately for direction on how to procure this certificate to enable us relieved the charge of evading the law on you, which is a punishable offense in the United States.

    You are required to reply back within 72hours or you will be prosecuted in a court of law for money laundering, also you are instructed to desist from further contact with any bank(s) or person(s) in Nigeria or the United Kingdom or any part of the world regarding your payment because your consignment has been confiscated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation here in the United States.

    Yours In Service,
    Special Agent Mark Giuliano
    Regional Deputy Director
    Field Intelligence Groups (FIGs)

  27. Scanner

    I received the same letter on April 3rd. Except, lucky me… I got 7.5 million! I fear however that the storage fee of $10 a day will take it all before I think to write back. ***SAD FACE***.

  28. Randy42o

    Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Atlanta Division
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Intelligence field unit
    2635 Century Parkway N.E,
    Suite 400 Atlanta, GA 30345 USA
    E-Mail: agentjohnedward3@gmail.com

    Urgent Attention
    I am Special Agent John Edward from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Atlanta Division) Intelligence Unit. We have just intercepted and confiscated two (2) trunk boxes at Harts field Jackson Atlanta international airport, and are on the verge of moving it to our bureau head quarters.

    We have scanned the said boxes, and have found it to contain a total sum of USD$4.5M and also backup document which bears your name as the receiver of the money contained in the boxes. Investigations carried out on the diplomat who accompanied the boxes into the United States has it that he was to deliver this fund to your residence as your contract/inheritance payment which was due you from the office of finance Minster of the federal government of Nigeria. We cross-checked all legal documentation in the boxes, and were about to release the consignment to the diplomat, when we found out that the boxes is lacking one very important documentation which as a result, the boxes have been confiscated until the required document is provided.

    According to section 229 subsections 31 of the 1991 constitution on release of unclaimed consignment payment, your consignment lacks funds ownership certificate and for that reason you must contact me for direction on how to procure this certificate, so that your consignment can be legally cleared and okay for delivery to you.
    You are required to contact this bureau within 72 hours or we would take it that you do not want your consignment, and would move it to the treasury Also, you must not contact any other bank for any payment, because your payment is here in care of our storage vault team and will be released to you once you follow my directives.
    Yours in service,
    Agent John Edward
    Reply to: agentjohnedward3@gmail.com
    Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Atlanta Division.

  29. Eduardo

    Well, I did receive Mark Giuliano`s e-mail as well, and by the look of it, either Nigeria is an incredibly rich country, as they are giving millions away to thousands of people around the world, or at this time, if everyone claimed his/her money back, they don`t have any more left for us…
    By the way, I`d be very happy if all these money giveaway e-mails were true, because at this time I`d be multi-milionaire, and would never have to work again, neither my sons or grandsons. Unfortunately, I still have to wake up early in the morning and work all day, so if anybody finds out some positive result from any of these e-mails, please let me know!

  30. mwhalley

    Lol, I got a mark Giuliano this morning stating in 48hrs I’m going to be arrested for my consignment boxes not having the correct certificates included. If these scammers really want to not be laughed into spam oblivion,they really should learn how to spell. I mean the deputy director of the FBI I’m fairly sure doesn’t spell like an old movie apache chief!

    I do like to reply to MR scammer on occasion stating that I have in fact,forwarded said email to the actual Mark Giuliano, that I have sent his IP address details and reverse traced his email origin account and have sent those details also to the anti crime devision based in senders own country!

    Knock,knock,mofo!!!

    Its nice to screw with the screwee!
    Its funny, my spam scam goes really quiet for a while………….run Forrest,run!

  31. JT

    Gotta love the persistence of some of these scammers. “Agent Mark F Giuliano” e-mailed me today. (Funny how he hasn’t adopted his new title of Deputy Director. Perhaps he’s trying to be modest.) His reply e-mail is MARK@mail.org. (He must be under cover.) My response to Mr. Giuliano was that me must have mistaken me for Jack Warner, the past Minister of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago who currently is caught up in the FIFA scandal. Why else would the government of Nigeria be sending a box of money if not to insure a World Cup?

  32. Mario Reyes

    I have received so many of these emails that i dont know what to do about all these millions of dollars that i now have, must be nice be rich like me huh? But seriously i hope nobody takes these emails seriously, especially the ones that ask you to pay a fee in order to get your money, dont fall for these scams.

  33. I just recieved the exact email word for word

  34. Ellen

    Just received this same letter…looks like someone would be checking into it.

  35. Anne

    Mine didn’t even have a $ amount…. and “Mark” is threatening to prosecute me for money laundering. I had no doubt it was some kind of scam. Now I see that it has been sent with variations for at least several years.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Field Intelligence Groups J. Edgar Hoover Building
    935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.

    Attention: Beneficiary,

    We sincerely apologized for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail instead of a certified mail, post-mail, phone or face to face conversation, it’s due to the urgency and importance of the security information of our citizens, I am Special Agent Mark Giuliano from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Field Intelligence Groups (FIGs). We intercepted two consignment boxes at JFK Airport, New York. The boxes were scanned and it contained large sum of money also some backup documents which bears your name as the Beneficiary / Receiver, after cross-checking all legal documents in the boxes, we found out that your consignment was lacking an important document and we can’t release the boxes to the diplomat until the document is found, we have no other option than to confiscate your consignment.

    You’re required to reply back within 72hours or you will be prosecuted in a court of law for money laundering, also you are instructed to desist from further contact with any bank(s) or person(s) in Nigeria or the United Kingdom or any part of the world regarding your payment because your consignment has been confiscated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation here in the United States.

    Yours In Service,
    Special Agent Mark Giuliano
    Regional Deputy Director
    Field Intelligence Groups (FIGs)

  36. Sunshine Stone

    I 2 received a exact duplicate letter…many red flags.
    1. FBI DON’T EMAIL PEOPLE LIKE US,THEY WOULD B AT THE FRONT DOOR WITH THE WARRANT
    2. NIGERIA…..REALLY?
    3. CONSIGNMENT? PLEASE!

    AT LEAST I HAD A ROTFLMAO MOMENT.

  37. Debi

    Thank you, God (& Jo), that the letter I received was just a scam!
    The Nerve of these People! To tease me like that. The must know me personally, to tell me that I have cartons of money just sitting in New York, but that Mr Mark will not allow me to go get them. What Jackholes!
    Then to find out through reading all of your good letters, that these people didnt even care about me enough to dress it up even a little bit. Mine was quite generic, didnt even mention any of the special laws that I had broken. I am quite disappointed in them! I must admit that, for a few seconds, as I was reading the letter, I started thinking, “oh God, what did my kids or their girlfriends do now?”.
    Further, mine came from AgentMarkgiuliano no-reply@walmart.com. I was on the blind carbon copy list, and it was addressed to MarkGiuliano@ic.fbi.gov. I wasnt even the main addressee on the letter, they sent it to himself. So, these people are not even that bright… & thats just sad.
    But truely, thanks for the information!

  38. Dodo33

    I had the same Email…

  39. The spelling mistakes are atrocious, that’s the really funny part

  40. The boogie man

    Here they go AGAIN…I live in Miami, Fl.and just got the same letter this morning…Why hasn’t someone done something about this and other scams like it..??

  41. Patri

    I got the same Email today. LOL.

  42. BT

    The FBI never sends emails to anyone.

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