Helicopter Ben alert: The Fed really is printing money

I got the following spam email yesterday. It was sent from an email address with the sender name BEN BERNANKE:

We received the instruction letter to release $10.5million (Ten Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to you Via Bank Wire Transfer or Bank Visa Card as a result of the outstanding contract payment in our office in New York USA.
We wish to let you know that all difficulties has been remove for the success of this contract fund to be releasing to the you due to the time constrain and the year is running out.

Your response is required to enable us release your Fund without further delay as you know that we will soon start auditing for the year 2012 and you are also require to get back to us with your personal data’s to enable us consummate this transaction and for us to know whether what we have in our files are correct .This is to avoid releasing your fund to wrong Person.

Kindly get back to us today and also with the requested information below so that we can proceed on this matter as soon as possible.

1) Your full Name,
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) Company name, position and address.
4) Profession, age and marital status.


Please be fast on this matter.
Thanks and God bless you.


Mr. Ben S. Bernanke.
Chairman Federal Reserve Bank New York,

If only! I bet someone out there who has been listening to the media and thinks Bernanke is printing money and doing helicopter drops thinks this is real.


Edward Harrison is the founder of Credit Writedowns and a former career diplomat, investment banker and technology executive with over twenty years of business experience. He is also a regular economic and financial commentator on BBC World News, CNBC Television, Business News Network, CBC, Fox Television and RT Television. He speaks six languages and reads another five, skills he uses to provide a more global perspective. Edward holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College. Edward also writes a premium financial newsletter. Sign up here for a free trial.