Central Bank Spam

Dan Duncan tells us that a friend of his, who lives in Nigeria, received the following email this morning. Looks quite promising!

FROM: Dr Ben Bernanke
Central Bank of United States of America
01-658-555-1234

TO: CEO
Lagos, Nigeria

Dear Friend:

I have been requested by the regional members Federal Reserve of the USA to contact you for assistance in resolving a matter. The Federal Reserve of the USA has recently concluded a large number of contracts for credit derivative investment vehicles "CDIV" in the Wall Street region of the USA. The contracts have immediately produced moneys equaling US$40,000,000. The Federal Reserve of the USA is desirous of CDIV in other parts of the world, however, because of certain regulations of the USA Government, it is unable to move these funds to another region.

Your assistance is requested as a non-USA citizen to assist the Federal Reserve of the USA, and also the investment bank community of Wall Street USA, in moving these funds out of USA. If the funds can be transferred to your name, in your Nigerian account, then you can forward the funds as directed by the Federal Reserve of USA. In exchange for your accommodating services, the Federal Reserve of USA would agree to allow you to retain 10%, or Nigerian $4 million of this amount.

However, to be a legitimate transferee of these moneys according to USA law, you must presently be a depositor of at least $100,000 in a USA bank which is regulated by the Central Bank of USA.

If it will be possible for you to assist us, we would be most grateful. We suggest that you meet with us in person in New York, NY USA, and that during your visit I introduce you to the representatives of the Wall Street USA, as well as with certain officials of the Central Bank of USA.

Please call me at your earliest convenience at 18-555-1234. Time is of the essence in this matter; very quickly the USA Government will realize that the Central Bank is maintaining this amount on deposit, and attempt to levy certain depository taxes on it.

Yours truly,

The Esteemed Arch-Chairman

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The ultimate role reversal!

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  1. MikeBC commented on Aug 14

    “A” for spelling though.

  2. manhattanguy commented on Aug 14

    Hilarious, speaks the reality.

  3. HomerSimpson commented on Aug 14

    i called the number but it was busy. what’s up with that

  4. VJ commented on Aug 14

    BEN STEIN GOES COLD TURKEY FROM PURPLE KOOL-AID JUNK:

    But the unhappy fact is that it’s necessary to raise my taxes and the taxes of all upper-income Americans. (I do wish, however, that “upper income” started just a dollar above me.)

    The sad truth of the last two two-term Republican presidents is that their economic premise, the key part of their economic game plan, simply has not done what it’s supposed to do.

    That is, cutting taxes, especially on upper-income Americans, does not generate so much economic activity that it replaces all the lost I.R.S. take and then some. At least those have been the results so far.

    The question is simply this: Do we want to step up to the plate like responsible people – I hate to say this, but the last responsible people who actually did this were named Bill and Bob (Clinton and Rubin) – and shoulder our responsibilities? Or do we just kick the can down the road a bit and leave the mess for our children and their children?

    And if we do raise taxes, should people who are barely getting by pay them or should people who are getting by very nicely pay them?

    I don’t like taxing rich people or anyone I like. But our government – run by the people we elected – needs the revenue. Do we pay it or do we make our children pay it? Dwight D. Eisenhower – and Bill Clinton – knew the answer: You behave responsibly and balance the budget except in rare circumstances.

    Somehow, Republicans (and I am a Republican) have forgotten this basic lesson of adulthood.

    NY TIMES LINK
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  5. Ritchie commented on Aug 14

    VJ: “BEN STEIN GOES COLD TURKEY FROM PURPLE KOOL-AID JUNK:…”

    Haha. I LOVE The Onion. They do such great headlines and stories.

  6. Robert commented on Aug 15

    Yes lets raise taxes. And why were at it, give some more crack to that addict on the corner.

  7. leftback commented on Aug 15

    Of course the Nigerians would be too smart to fall for this letter from a country with a soft currency…

  8. Toro commented on Aug 15

    Considering all the facilities they’ve dreamed up, and the increasing risk of the Fed’s balance sheet, this is probably the Fed’s next step at “shoring up” the financial system.

    T.

  9. dustbury.com commented on Aug 15

    Has it come to this?

    A peek inside the outgoing mail: FROM: Dr Ben Bernanke Central Bank of United States of America TO: CEO Lagos, Nigeria Dear Friend: I have been requested by the regional members Federal Reserve of the USA to contact you for…

  10. VJ commented on Aug 15

    Robert,

    Yes lets raise taxes. And why were at it, give some more crack to that addict on the corner.

    Since it was primarily tax rate cuts for the Rich & Corporate that created our current trillion dollar federal deficits, what would be your alternative for reversing them ?
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