An Inventive Internet Scam Email ‘From’ Fed Head Janet Yellen

I received this absurd email in my inbox today that I thought maybe some of you may find amusing. It is purportedly sent by the new head of the Fed, Janet Yellen, of all people.

It is a scam email, a phishing expedition meant to get those slow of mind to pass on their personal information to a thief. But it is a rather inventive one, I thought.

Naturally the syntax and wording is just screwy enough to make it obvious to an educated person that it was written by a foreigner not conversant in English. But I thought the premise of the lie was pretty funny and just might be slick enough to get morons who were too busy mouth breathing in high school to pay attention to their studies to fall for it.

So, here is the letter…

Dear Beneficiary,

I am Janet L. Yellen, the newly-sworn Chair, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank. You will get more information about me here.

I have made it my first point of call since taking office to settle all outstanding payments accrued to individuals/corporations with respect to local and overseas contract payment, debt re-scheduling and outstanding compensation payment. This is to make sure all outstanding payments are settled before the end of the fiscal year 2014.

I have your file here in my office and it says that you are yet to receive your fund valued at $850,000 (Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars only) as outstanding payment owed to you. This money will now be transferred to your nominated bank account or your preferred payment option.

You are advised to kindly reply this email with the below details enclosed to help us process your payment;

(1) Full Names:
(2) Residential Address:
(3) Current Phone Number:
(4) Age:
(5) Country of Residence:
(6) Occupation:

Thanks for your co-operation as I wait to hear from you.

Janet L. Yellen
Chair, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank

Note: The information contained in this e-mail is private & confidential and may also be legally privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify us, preferably by e-mail, and do not read, copy or disclose the contents of this message to anyone.

That last paragraph was the hilarious capper, don’t you think?

Anyway, just thought this would be a fun Saturday post. Discuss at will. But no down voting allowed.

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