Nigerian scammers have reportedly been making use of U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton's name in an attempt to defraud their victims.
According to a report by a security firm AppRiver, the scammers send a mail to their targets informing them that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been instructed by Clinton to pay the sum of $10.5 million into their bank accounts and in order to retrieve the money, they should contact the ATM-Card Department.
The report also states that the email, which is sent to get gullible people, is not visible at first, as it is encrypted in a .zip file; a method which enables the messgae to by-pass anti-spam software agents designed to detect such scams.
Below is the message sent out by the alleged scammers:
"Office Of The U.S. Secretary Of State Committee On Foreign Payment Resolution Panel On Payment
I wish to use this medium and my office to inform you that your contract/inheritance payment of USD10,500,000.00 only from Central Bank of Nigeria has been released and approved for onward transfer to you via ATM card which you will use in withdrawing your funds in any ATM service machine in any part of the world, but the maximum you can withdraw in a day is USD$10,000 Only.
The United States government has mandated the Central Bank of Nigeria, to send you the ATM CARD and PIN number.
Therefore, you are advised to contact the Head of ATM Card Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria for further instructions on how to dispatch your ATM Card to you...
Note: Tell DR. J.O. Maroko that you received a message from Office of the U.S. Secretary of State to send you the ATM Card and PIN number you will use in withdrawing your funds
Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton."
It will be recalled that some weeks ago, reports revealed a scam perpetrated by 419ers who get phone numbers off the NYSC yearbook and send text messages to job seekers claiming to have job openings in Agip Oil for them.