Janet Yellen (scam alert)

Email scammers routinely use the names of real people to make their scam messages sound legitimate. “Janet Yellen” is indeed the name of a real American bank official, but the real Janet Yellen of course has nothing to do with the message below, which just uses her name to try to trick you out of your money. And the scammer seems to think that just claiming to be a US bank official isn’t enough, so he tosses in the names of the United Nations and the Central Bank of Nigeria, too!

Reply-To: infofedresboard@freemail.hu
From: “MRS. JANET YELLEN” info@frb.ny
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2015

Federal Reserve Bank New York
Ref.: Payment Release Update.
Amount Valued: US$12,800,000.00.

Foreign payment allocation security code (US/A84PRFGN2015)

Attention: Beneficiary,

By means of this message, we wish to inform you that your hour of compensation and actualization has come after our meeting with the United Nations, Bank of America, Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Reserve Bank officials, it has been agreed that your real approved funds valued US$10,500,000.00 and the compensation of US$2,300,000.00 (Total US$12,800,000.00) will now be processed and released to your Bank Account through Wire Transfer Department of the Federal Reserve Bank New York.

However, it may interest you to know that after the meeting, with the Bank of America, Central Bank of Nigeria and Office of the Director On-line Account Department have entered into full partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank and your funds Total valued US$12,800,000.00 will now be credited to your Bank Account by the Wire Transfer Department of the Federal Reserve Bank as soon as you make contact with me.

To this effect, you are to contact us with the details below for the immediate release of your funds.

Full Name:……………

Bank Name:————————–
Account No.:————————
Routing No.:————————
Swift Code:————————-
Account Name:———————–

Thanks for banking with Federal Reserve Bank New York while we looking forward to serving you with the best of our service.

Thanks and Congratulations in Advance.

Best Regards,


Any name in the news is fair game for email fraudsters: presidents, deposed dictators, bank presidents, and military leaders all seem to “send” these messages to random people around the world. Our goal here at ScamHunter.org is to make sure you will recognize these messages for the frauds that they are.

Western Union Scam (Mr. Gorge)

This is an example of a basic advance fee fraud, although it is a little unusual in that it doesn’t invoke any deposed dictators or dying widows. It’s structured a bit like a lottery scam: your money has been awarded and you just need to call us to pick it up. There is of course no real “Mr. Gorge,” and Western Union, which is a real company, is not actually involved. A scammer is just using these names to try to get money from you.

Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 04:17:20 -0430 (VET)
From: “Mrs. Sandra Synder” d.m0006@cantv.net
Reply-To: westernunion7@postafiok.hu
Subject: Dear, customer

Dear customer

We have deposited the check of your fund ($1.500`000`00USD) through Western Union department after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you will do is to contact Western Union director Mr. gorge. He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily. Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

Receiver’s Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: _____________
Phone Number: _____________

Though, Mrs. Sandra Synder has sent $5000 in your name today so contact Mr. gorge or you call him +229-99-79-66-23 as soon as you receive this email and tell him to give you the Mtcn, sender name and question/answer to pick the $5000 Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund

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