The Financial Intelligence Unit and the Royal Anguilla Police Force (RAPF) wishes to sensitize the general public of an online hoax/scam being perpetrated through various social media platforms and email messages. The message purports that the recipients are eligible for funding from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
A copy of the alleged offer letter or message is attached below. That message purporting to be from the IMF, is in fact a hoax/scam.
Members of the public are hereby cautioned against dealing with, or providing any form of personal or financial information to any person linked to the message. The hoax/scam seeks to obtain confidential financial information from unsuspecting members of the public.
Please note that the IMF’s webpage states that its primary purpose is to ensure the stability of the international monetary system—the system of exchange rates and international payments that enables countries (and their citizens) to transact with each other. The Fund’s mandate was updated in 2012 to include all macroeconomic and financial sector issues that bear on global stability”. It stands to reason that the IMF only conducts business with Governments or Government agencies and not individuals.
Members of the public are urged to be more vigilant in their online activities especially across the social media and email platforms. Anyone with information relating to or affected by the suspected hoax/scam can complete one or more of the following:
- Relay their information about the suspected fraud to any member of the RAPF.
- Submit information about the suspected fraud though the RAPF online tips website
The letter below is suspected to be a scam/hoax that is used to obtaining confidential financial information from unsuspecting members of the public.
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)
HEAD OFFICE NO: 23 ADEBOYE ST, APAPA LAGOS.
INSTRUCTION TO RELEASE YOUR OVERDUE FUND
This is to intimate you of a very important information which will be of a great help to
redeem you from all the difficulties you have been experiencing in getting your long overdue payment due to excessive demand for money from you by both corrupt Bank officials and Courier Companies after which your fund remain unpaid to you.
I am Mrs. Adeola Williams a highly placed official of the international Monetary Fund (IMF) of Canadian nationality. It may interest you to know that reports have reached our office by so many correspondences on the uneasy way which people like you are treated by Various Banks and Courier Companies/ Diplomat across Europe to Africa and Asia /London Uk and we have decided to put a stop to that and that is why I was appointed to handle your transaction here in Nigeria.
All Governmental and Non-Governmental prostates, NGOs, Finance companies, Banks,
Security Companies and Courier companies which have been in contact with you of late have
been instructed to back up from your transaction and you have been advised NOT to respond to them anymore since the IMF is now directly in charge of your payment.
You are hereby advised NOT to remit further payment to any institutions with respect to your transaction as your fund will be transferred to you directly from our source. I hope this is clear. Any action contrary to this instruction is at your own risk. You are advise to respond immediately for further details on how your fund will be released into your designated bank account. Below is our contact details, we are Expecting your prompt reply thank you. Fax line 234-1-7769964 Reply to; email@example.com
Mrs. Adeola Williams