Did you get this email titled “Payment Release Instruction From Federal Reserve Bank of New York”? Well it is a payment release alright, except it will be you releasing your money to cybercrooks. This is a copy of the phishing scam:
Federal Reserve Bank of America
33 Liberty Street,
New York, NY 10045.
Our Ref: FRB-75BFNYUS09 Your Ref:——-
Attention Fund Beneficiary
Payment Release Instruction From Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Acting on our capacity as the international correspondent bank to the International Monetary Fund Organization, this is to officially notify you that we have received a confirmation advice from the International Monetary Funds External Auditors Committee, World Bank, United Nations Organization and the Federal Reserve Bank of America respectively via International Payment Voucher Number: IMF/FRBWDC/BOA-93WB82UN567-G requesting our bank to direct the FIRST CITY MONUMENT BANK USA N.A., a subsidiary of the Federal Reserve Bank of America to disburse your due wining/inheritance and contract payment valued at
One Million Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$1.3M) in your favour via their branch in New York.
In consideration of the above, you have been issued with this Exclusive Reference Identification Number (IMF/FRB-NY/9USXX10751/09), Vide Transaction No.: WHA/EUR/202 and Transfer Allocation No.: FRB/X44/701LN/NYC/US, Password: 339331, Pin Code: 78569, Certificate of Merit No: 104, Release Code No:
0876; Immediate First City Monument Bank Telex Confirmation No: -222568; Secret Code: XXTN014. Having received these vital payment numbers, you are instantly qualified to receive and confirm your payment within the next 72hrs. as necessary clearance has been granted from the International Monetary Funds External Auditors to release the funds to you with immediate effect.
In view of this directive received from the International Monetary Funds (IMF), we have on our own part verified your payment file as directed to us, and your name is next on the list of outstanding fund beneficiaries to receive their payment at this Second quarter of year 2009. With that being done, you are required to urgently contact the FCMB USA N.A. in New York through their International Funds Release Supervisor:
Contact Person: Mr. Clarence Dexter Jr
(Head, Funds Release Supervisor)
And reconfirm your international payment voucher number and your reference identification number respectively before that office with a view to the final remittance approval and subsequent crediting of your bank account to the tune of funds as stated herein.
We wish to inform you of the need for you to also re-confirm your full personal and contact details before the FCMB BANK USA N.A. in New York to enable the officer in-charge to proceed with the preliminary arrangements that will enhance the immediate release of your funds. Owing to security reasons, be clearly informed that we will not respond to any phone calls/general inquiries placed to our bank with regards to the remittance of your funds by beneficiaries as we are barred from doing so, you are therefore advised to communicate only with the accredited officer for further remittance advice.
1) Your Full name;
3) Your contact telephone and fax number;
4) Your Age and Profession;
5) Copy of any valid form of your Identification;
6) Your Bank name;
7) Your Bank Address;
8) Account name and Number;
9) ABA/Routing Number;
10) Swift or Sort Code/IBAN;
Thank you for your anticipated co-operation.
TREAT AS URGENT.
Dr. Janet Yellen,
DIRECTOR OF FUNDS CLEARANCE UNIT.