This is your basic scam. What more is there to say? According to headers, the email originated at email originated at the South African server cp3.snowballeffect.net. Of course, there's no way of knowing how the scammer got into that server.
The phone number listed for Mr. Saltzman, (347) 355 355l -- assuming you change the L into a 1 -- belongs to a cell phone on a Brooklyn, N.Y., exchange.
Don't reply, don't be fooled by messages like this.
From: THE NEWYORK CLEARING HOUSE firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: February 24, 2011 10:26:06 AM PST
Subject: KINDLY CONFIRM IF THIS YOUR ACCOUNT DETAILS FOR TRANSFER OF $12.5MILLION.
The New York Clearing House is pleased to comment on the final payment release of your unblocked funds, through the Clearing House Interbank Payments System (CHIPS). Basically, this message is notifying you that your blocked funds, $12.5million, that has been in the coffers of the U.S Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) since April 2008, is finally unblocked and authorized for immediate wire transfer into your receiving bank account by the Clearing House in New York.
We at the Clearing House, received a certified payment instrument from OFAC in your favor containing your personal details and a new receiving account in the name and favor of your financial representative and partner, Mr. Richard Salazar. In lieu of the issued payment mandate from the OFAC, the Clearing House conveyed a payment message through CHIPS, which will effect the transfer of the funds via S.W.I.F.T MT2O2 COV into the account of Mr. Salazar in the nearest 72-hours after a confirmation to proceed from you as the original beneficiary. Please kindly confirm is the account information are correct to receive the funds,
Bank Name: U.S Bank Trust, N.A, MN;
Swift Code: USBKUS4TCOR;
Routing #: 121122676;
Account Number: 153459581457;
Account Beneficiary Name: Richard B. Salazar;
Beneficiary Address: 5021 Laguna Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95758.
The funds will be available in the U.S. Bank Trust, N.A account as above in the next 72-hours as soon as we get a permission to proceed from you, and a copy of the MT202 COV Payment Slip will be sent by fax to the receiving beneficiary bank, U.S. Bank Trust, N.A; Mr. Salazar, and also a copy of the wire slip to you for funds clearance at your receiving bank.
We hope this letter is understood, if not, kindly go over the content twice or more before responding, And If you have any questions as regards this matter, kindly reply me via (email@example.com) or call the Clearing House as we would be pleased to discuss any of our comments in more detail. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Paul Saltzman, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at (347) 355 355l.
Thanks for your Co-Operation.
Miss. Miranda Jacobs
SWIFT Transfer Manager
The Clearing House Payments Company L.L.C.
450 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
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