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E-mail Scammers Fake Bank Negara Logo and Officials’ Names

Malaysia's central bank has issued an alert to netizens that online scammers are dispatching an e-mail associated with money-transfer that seemingly the Governor has written, while depicting its logo as also using its higher officials' names, according to Bernama.com dated April 7, 2011.

Addressing readers, the fake e-mail states that the Bank is happy to declare that Malaysia's President and the Federation's Accountant General have jointly endorsed as also signed the "Release and Transfer" order that authorizes BNM (Bank of Negara Malaysia) for crediting the Bank Account the reader has nominated. Spam Email Graveyard published this on April 6, 2011.

The e-mail further states that a sum of USD7,500,000 will be transferred to the bank account of the recipient from the Federal Government of Nigeria's Suspense/Sundry Account, the authorized account dealing with foreign/global debts/payments, in 3-4 working days.

But, the e-mail claiming the need for processing, tells the recipient to provide his full name, home address, bank number, and swift code/routing number. Alongside, citing reasons of official references, it asks for the recipient's land-line and mobile phone numbers along with identification details too.

Moreover, while signing off, the lengthy e-mail mentions the signatory name as Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Governor of BNM at President's Office.

However, soon as Bank Negara was notified of the problem, it dispatched an advisory e-mail to all members of the public telling that they should be watchful of illicit campaigns alternatively fraudulent operations that might be promoted via phone calls, letters, e-mails or any other communication mode. Bernama.com published this.

Stated the apex bank that anyone, asserting over the phone he was from Bank Negara Malaysia, invited the listener to participate in an investment program alternatively dubious operations then the latter must immediately end the conversation. Likewise people should disregard all correspondences through letter or e-mail associated with such scams, BNM advised and Bernama.com reported it.

Overall BNM stated that it wouldn't ever get in touch with anybody personally for pushing an investment plan alternatively ask for anybody's bank account information. Indeed, whenever such dubious operations occurred, people aware of them should inform Bank Negara, it added.

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