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Email scammers routinely use the names of real people to try to make their scam messages sound legitimate. The message below, which was probably sent randomly to tens of thousands of people this week, claims to be from “Jack Lew.” There is a real Jack Lew who is a US government official, but the real person has nothing to do with this message — the scammers are just using that name to trick their victims.
In reality, this is nothing but an old-fashioned “advance fee fraud” and the sender is someone trying to pick your pocket by promising you a fortune.
From: Jack Lew email@example.com
Subject: COMPENSATIONAL SETTLEMENT OF ESCROW ACCOUNTS US$6,000,000.00
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2015
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)
Address: 700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20431, USA
COMPENSATIONAL SETTLEMENT OF ESCROW ACCOUNTS US$6,000,000.00
It is a pleasure to write you that we have reconciled with our logistic department on the reimbursement of some fund spent by you during the cause of your inadequate dealings with some imposters who claim to be staff in banks and other regional payment centers.
Our reconciliation teams with the prospectus instrument of the United Nations after freezing suspected imposters account. This support was fully effective with the help of World Bank after a summit meeting in United States, on the financial analysis on financial stability issues fluctuating their economy with the international global standard.
After gathering of this sum, our logistic department gave us a list of customers to be paid who fall victims to this imposters due to unawareness. And mode of payment was as well specified for proper conducts and financial regulations to kick against criminality during process of payment.
We have arranged your payment through our swift card centers, which is the latest instruction from International Monetary Fund Reconciliation Office.
The card center will send you an ATM Debit card which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM Center, Banks and Union Pay Credit outlets in the world, You are hereby selected as an honor for this payment approval, which you are to acknowledge the receipt of this mail in returning the required below to the Logistic Department by email listed below.
Office of Reconciliation and Logistics Vaults, International Monetary Fund (IMF),
Contact Manager: Mr. Wayne Collins
Mobile Number: +1 (202) 656-9907
1. Full Name
2. Phone and Fax Number
3. Your age and Current Occupation
4. Contact Address where you want your ATM Card to be delivered to (P.O Box Not Acceptable)
For your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.
Because of Impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (ATM-7750) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the Card Center by using it as your subject.
Kindly be informed that recipients shall be liable to all cost arising for the delivery of the donation parcel.This is due to Legal law protecting all donation funds misappropriation.
Yours in Service,
Mr. Jack Lew
Admin Chairman International
Reconciliation and Logistics
Vaults International Monetary Fund (IMF)
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