DEAR CITIBANK: I WOULD LIKE REQUEST TO YOU HELP IN SECURING 27 MILLION DOLLARS US

from the writes-itself dept

As the US government looks to take over a bigger chunk of Citibank, you might wonder what the bank has been doing with its money lately. Apparently, part of it was going to a slightly more ambitious than usual Nigerian 419 scam. The scammer and some colleagues tricked Citibank into believing they represented the National Bank of Ethiopia, that country's central bank -- and convinced Citibank to then transfer $27 million to accounts they controlled. It doesn't sound like the scam actually worked in the end -- as questions arose, and the receiving banks transferred the money back eventually. Also, the supposed mastermind behind the scam has now been arrested. But, apparently, 419 scammers have figured out that, given how well various banks have managed their money over the last few years, they're just as good as targets, compared to clueless spam recipients.


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    R. Miles, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 4:08am

    There goes free checking.

    You know, if people are really this stupid as to send money from a simple email request, I think it's about time I change jobs.

    So, readers, please help me. I'm stuck in a virtual location and have seemed to run out of funds to get out. Please send funds (USD only) to my Paypal account and I promise to pay you back, with 50% interest, for helping me out in my dire situation.

    Thank you.

     

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    Achmed Dorimizhan, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 4:16am

    Help is on the way

    Greetings R. Miles,

    Allow me to introduce myself, I am a deposed Prince of the Former and now deposed Nigerian King, and I have a business proposition for you.

    We can share the sum of 40 Million $US, if you follow my easy plan. This is of no risk to you my friend.

    Please send me your name, address, phone number, a copy of your birth certificate and drivers licenses, and your bank account and routing numbers, to deposedprince@hotmail.com, and I will get back to you.

     

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    Shohat, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 4:25am

    Ahem

    Lolamericans

     

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    Spong, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 4:28am

    Dear deposed prince.

    Dear deposed prince,

    I'd like to take you up on your offer of $40 million US but don't have that kind of change right now.

    Would you take 400,000 viagra pills instead?

     

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    eleete, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 4:30am

    Re: Dear deposed prince.

    Seeing how he provided his email address, I'd like to pledge 40 million spam emails ; )

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 4:35am

    Re: There goes free checking.

    OK give me your real email address and no free email services either.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 4:37am

    Re: Re: Dear deposed prince.

    Thanks to eleete@eleete.com for that very kind offer :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 4:37am

    Re: Re: Dear deposed prince.

    Thanks to eleete@eleete.com for that very kind offer :)

     

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    NullOp, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 4:50am

    Scam

    Banks are run by humans and these humans have been programmed to act in a very specific way. So, the scammers just figured out what cheese to use and they got the rats to act. Simple...

     

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    Evan, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 5:00am

    Whenever I get a 419 E-mail...

    I simply tell them I am a man of the cloth (not true), and as such, have taken a vow of poverty (not true), and then tell them they are in my thoughts and prayers (also not true), and that I wish them luck in their plight to save the riches they have amassed from the evil Nigerian banks (definitely not true).

     

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    Mike C., Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 5:04am

    Additionaly details from the article...

    A couple direct quotes from the linked article:

    "To carry out the elaborate scheme, prosecutors in New York said on Friday, the man, identified as Paul Gabriel Amos, 37, a Nigerian citizen who lived in Singapore, worked with others to create official-looking documents that instructed Citibank to wire the money in two dozen transactions to accounts that Mr. Amos and the others controlled around the world."

    and

    "Prosecutors said the conspirators, contacted by Citibank to verify the transactions, posed as Ethiopian bank officials and approved the transfers."

    In other words, it was a team effort and they not only forged documents that appeared authentic, they had people posing as Ethiopian bank officials to confirm the transactions. Not your standard 419 scam and a fairly elaborate scheme to put things together. I really don't think Citibank is as much to blame as you'd like to portray.

     

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    Lucretious, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 5:23am

    Gotta respect the sheer audicity of this guy.


    This reminds me of that Nigerian who, with a cheap 5 year old PC managed to borrow millions and trade on the big board from the comfort of his apartment. He had made a massive amount of cash and was doing fine until someone looked up his credentials and found out he had schemed his way into to system and he got shut down. Brass balls.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 5:53am

    Re: Whenever I get a 419 E-mail...

    Have you ever considered seeing if they would convert? It can be funny.

    http://www.419eater.com/html/kothapalli_rao.htm

     

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    amarygma, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 6:50am

    When I get one in my inbox

    If they do the airplane crashing one, I tell them OMG I KNOW that guy, he did survive, here's his contact information. He's been LOOKING for that money everywhere!

    I then follow up with emails of "Did you contact Jim yet?"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 8:10am

    Re: Ahem

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 9:02am

    Is it too big to fail or too cheap to manually review?

    Citibank is too big. If they have these problems, they need to be broken up to the point where they can run effectively and be able to have human review of accounts outside of day-to-day, business as-usual operations. I wonder how much TARP money we don't know about was bled to these scams.

    That is all.

     

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    Dan D., Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 10:39am

    Are we postponing the inevitable?

    Are we doing a good thing for the economy by trying to stabilize companies that are headed out of business because of their entanglement with the market and the number of jobs of that stand to be lost?

    Are we postponing the inevitable? What if these companies go out of business despite the fact that the government has given billions of dollars in an effort to keep the companies going out of business? Where will be then if the government loses billions and all the jobs the government were trying to save are gone any way?

    http://www.weeklypoint.com/2009/02/23/us-may-invest-more-in-citigroup-bank/

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 11:13am

    Re: Ahem

    What does that mean Asshat?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 11:24am

    Re: Re: Ahem

    Someone probably keyed in to Shohat being an American, or located in America. Thus, when Shohat said "LolAmericans", it didn't match reality.

    Either way, it's pretty funny:
    Saying "Ahem" could be a way for Shohat to check their own situation if internally focused, OR more likely, if it carried an external connotation, an invite for Americans to look at how hilarious you really are.

     

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    Yoda, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 2:47pm

    Jibberish it is they speak

     

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    john, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 6:44pm

    Doomed from the start. Lame actually. Right, like banks will transfer that kind of money without even verifying who's who.
    Personally the few times I have dealt with email scammers my first thought was to fly to where they are with the promise of giving them what they want and simply putting a bullet in them. NEXT

     

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    JRegal, Feb 27th, 2009 @ 7:06am

    Citibank

    I love how the business news reports that Citibank's money comes from the "government". That money is coming out of "our" pockets. Congradulations you now are part owner of a bank that can't pull it's head out of it own collective @$$. The CEO Pandit was in charge of a 800mm dollar fund called Old Lane Partners it tanked. So they make him CEO!!! LOL.

     

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    jeoamie jacinto, Apr 26th, 2011 @ 10:16pm

    Re: Dear deposed prince.

    Please send me your name, address, phone number, a copy of your birth certificate and drivers licenses, and your bank account and routing numbers, to deposedprince@hotmail.com,and I will get back to you.

     

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