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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Citibank falls for the Nigerian bank scam and transfers 27 MILLION DOLLARS to criminals!!!!

You gotta give these crooks credit for having huge nuts........

NY Times: Swindles in which someone overseas seeks access to a person’s bank account are so well known that most potential victims can spot them in seconds.
But one man found success by tweaking the formula, prosecutors say: Rather than trying to dupe an account holder into giving up information, he duped the bank. And instead of swindling a person, he tried to rob a country — of $27 million.
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.
The money came from a Citibank account in New York held by the National Bank of Ethiopia, that country’s central bank. Prosecutors said the conspirators, contacted by Citibank to verify the transactions, posed as Ethiopian bank officials and approved the transfers.
Mr. Amos was arrested last month as he tried to enter the United States through Los Angeles, a prosecutor, Marcus A. Asner, said in Federal District Court in Manhattan.
Mr. Amos, who was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, told a federal magistrate judge, “I’m not guilty, sir.” The judge, Andrew J. Peck, ordered him detained pending a further hearing. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison, prosecutors said.
The fraud was uncovered after several banks where the conspirators held accounts returned money to Citibank, saying they had been unable to process the transactions, and an official of the National Bank of Ethiopia said that it did not recognize the transactions, according to a complaint signed by an F.B.I. agent, Bryan Trebelhorn.
A Citigroup spokeswoman said: “We have worked closely with law enforcement throughout the investigation and are pleased it has resulted in this arrest. Citi constantly reviews and upgrades its physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to detect, prevent and mitigate theft.”
A spokesman for the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington said, “We are aware of this unfortunate story.” He said the embassy was not involved in the legal proceedings, and declined further comment. Officials at the National Bank of Ethiopia could not be reached by phone for comment.
Prosecutors said the scheme began in September, when Citibank received a package with documents purportedly signed by officials of the Ethiopian bank instructing Citibank to accept instructions by fax. There was also a list of officials who could be called to confirm such requests. The signatures of the officials appeared to match those in Citibank’s records and were accepted by Citibank, the complaint says.
In October, Citibank received two dozen faxed requests for money to be wired, and it transferred $27 million to accounts controlled by the conspirators in Japan, South Korea, Australia, China, Cyprus and the United States, the complaint says.
Citibank called the officials whose names and numbers it had been given to verify the transactions, prosecutors said. The numbers turned out to be for cellphones in Nigeria, South Africa and Britain used by the conspirators.
Citibank, in its investigation, later determined the package of documents had come via courier from Lagos, Nigeria, rather than from the offices of the National Bank of Ethiopia, in Addis Ababa.
Citibank has credited back the lost funds to the National Bank of Ethiopia, said one person who was briefed about the situation.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fuck this website. Mother fucking faggots.

Anonymous said...

LOAL?!
You are barzil?

Anonymous said...

That first anonymous is a total frak-head.

Anonymous said...

I think the first poster may be from Nigeria. Stories like this make their scamming more difficult.

Anonymous said...

nigerians lick ballz

papa pimp said...

nuke dem all
dey aint worth a pinch of shit anyways

Anonymous said...

Way to cut and paste the entire NYT article. Ever thought of actually, oh I don't know, having an idea of you own, maybe some original material?

Anonymous said...

if they 'aint worth a pinch anyways' why nuke them? do you even know what nuke means?
retard!

Anonymous said...

yeah what a dumbass lol

Anonymous said...

somebody should nuke all of you jolly gay ass pirates, and when i say you i am talking to you

Anonymous said...

woo hoo!! where else can I find pinch o shit and jolly gay ass pirates???

Anonymous said...

FAGGOT BITCHES

Anonymous said...

Wow! With all the hate that seems to be going on here it sounds like you all should be doing MuMMs on fubar, you would fit right in there.

Anonymous said...

cant we all just get along :( :( :(

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised most of these guys leaving comments are stupider than Citibank

Anonymous said...

NO, YOU SUCK MY DICK!
huh?

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I guess Citibank should have read http://www.ebolamonkeyman.com

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