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Ben Bernanke Sent Me a Letter

Written by Gary North on November 26, 2012

Here is a letter I got over the weekend.

From the Desk Of:
Manager: Mr. Ben S. Bernanke
Bank Federal Reserve Board
Liberty Street, New York, NY 10038, USA

This is to bring to your kind notice that your outstanding payment of $7,300,000.00 which has been with our central paying office from United Nations has been signed and Approved for payment after series of meeting with our board of directors,also bear in mind that We want to conclude all payment before the end quarter of 2012 runs out for you to receive your Fund.

Therefore, to enable us achieve our goal to release your Fund to you, you are advice to re-confirm to us the below information to enable conclude this transaction with you.

Your Full Name:
Your Complete Address:
Direct Tele: Number:
Mobile Number:

Finally, Response Should be Made Immediately before it will be too late for you.

Waiting for your immediate response.

Thanks for your Co-operation.

Manager: Mr. Ben S. Bernanke
Bank Federal Reserve Board
Liberty Street, New York, NY 10038, USA
Chairman Federal Reserve Board New York,


CC: United Nations

Frankly, I think this is a scam. I’ll tell you why.

First, the Federal Reserve System is a huge scam. This letter offers too little money to be the real thing.

Second, Bernanke’s FED only gives money to the federal government and to large banks. I am not a banker.

Third, it lists the address as Liberty Street, New York City. That’s the address of the New York Federal Reserve (privately owned), not the Board of Governors (U.S. government). The real power is at the NY FED, not the Board of Governors.

They don’t understand any of this in Nigeria.

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21 thoughts on “Ben Bernanke Sent Me a Letter

  1. Who hasn't gotten one of these over the years? Sometimes they come from "Robert Meuller, Director of FBI" or the "UK Lottery', but most often I get them from a crown prince somewhere in Africa who wants my bank account & routing number to assist him in getting his fortune out of the country during a coup d'etat, for which I am always promised a handsome reward. There was a well-publicized article in the New Yorker a few years ago about a college professor that fell for the scam and lost $1000's.

  2. The minute I read "bring to your notice", I knew it was fake and was a scam!! Nigeria is famous for this kind of letter. They always "bring to your notice" or they say "Dear" a lot. Scam all the way!!

  3. livefree NH says:

    This is a riot! Thanks.

    Unfortunate placement of the legitimate (?) ads placed by keywordblocks.com in the middle of your third paragraph though. It looked like it was part of the scam, since they offered lots of the usual stuff that scammers try when they target us seniors (we are apparently too stupid to use computers, or to know when our country is being stolen).

  4. Cracker Ass Cracker says:

    How dense are you people. Obviously he knows it's a scam. Read the article again and you will understand (I hope) what he is saying.

  5. The bad capitalization and grammatical mistakes kind of give it away. Plus, they'd never email that kind of thing to you. That should be the FIRST tipoff.

  6. My son got an email similar to this when he was trying to sell his truck one time. He was young and it broke my heart to have to explain to him that no buyer in their right mind, who is legit, would send him twice the money he was asking for the truck. There was a request from them but I don't recall exactly how it went. I did get involved and told them not to contact my son again or I would contact the Better Business Bureau. Very odd deal. That one involved Africa also.

  7. Or maybe it was Nigeria……..hard to remember. It was more than ten yrs ago.

  8. Theres a guy who scams the Nigerian scammers…sometimes it takes him months but its funny as hell if you can find the link. They dont have any money so he gets his revenge other ways ..the guy is truly gifted in out doing the scammers try some google searches and see if you can find the journals he posts about each scam they are worth reading.

  9. Southern Girl says:

    Shows you the mentality of college professors. LOL

  10. oooh we sound so angry, is it because you fell for such a scam in the past LOL

    Sorry to say there are many older people that fall for this with hopes of enriching their bottom line
    only to be scammed of what life savings they do have.

  11. Heard about him "How to scam the Scammers" tricky but doable.

  12. Also the construction of the sentences are a giveaway! And the biggest giveaway of all is with that amount of money they would already have that information they are requesting. They are counting on your greed to overlook these giveaways.

  13. Yes, I think all of us know that! Or at least I do.

  14. There was a lawyer that fell for a scam not to long ago. I saw it on Fox because the Lawyer was trying to sue the bank because he was stupid. The scam had something to do with a bad check or something. It turned out to be a fake and the lawyer lost big bucks. Me, I thought it was funny as heck. Finally, a lawyer that got took. lol

  15. I get at least one a week of these.
    Your Full Name:
    Your Complete Address:
    Direct Tele: Number:
    Mobile Number:

    As soon as I see this I know they know nothing about me but my email address. It started with Paypal, I sent it to them, they confirmed it was phishing. Delete..

  16. Idylewylde says:

    I got one that listed someone with my surname having died in Nigeria leaving behind a considerable estate.
    I couldn't figure out which of my relatives wanted to live and die in Nigeria, especially since everyone in Nigeria wants out before they die.
    I couldn't resist … I gave them an address (FBI) and phone number (FBI) and an expired bank account routing number.
    I hope they all lived happily ever after.

  17. DieHardPatriot says:

    Must be a liberal

  18. Richard Hertz says:

    The lawyer scam was beautiful in its design. A fake client would contact a lawyer asking for help in collecting a bad debt. The lawyer would call the fake debtor, who would grudgingly agree to pay. He sends a fake check to the lawyer who deposits it and pays the client her part of the collection. These fake checks are good fakes, so it takes banks 7-10 days to realize they're fakes….and of course by then the fake client is gone with the lawyers real money.

    The beauty of this scam is how they took a dumb scam (the scammer sends a check for more than the agreed upon purchase price and asks the seller to mail a check for the difference) that rarely worked and applied it to a situation where it would work perfectly because the scam fits the way business is normally done.

  19. Richard Hertz says:

    I think it's fantastic that even the 419 scammers are on to the fact that our Federal Reserve is a complete con!

  20. That is the one. I couldn't recall the details but remembered that a lawyer got took to the cleaners and thought it was sort of funny. Well, just plain funny.

    I bet that lawsuit didn't go far either. You just can't fix stupid. lol

  21. First thing! Check out the e-mail address!