Financial Stability Board scam
Thread poster: Jennifer Barnett

Jennifer Barnett  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:36
Dutch to English
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Jun 16, 2015

I recently received these 2 emails and smelled a large rat (gmail for starters). Sounds a lot like money laundering to me. My suspicions were confirmed when I Googled the name and came up with a 'proper' email address at the FSB. The real Thomas Kelly responded immediately with "Not me!".
Much as I would like to help improve (and punish) French banks after the negative experiences I continue to have, this is not the way.

So beware!

email no. 1

Il ya une disponibilité d'emploi si vous avez du temps libre .

Des informations complémentaires seraient transmis .



There is a job availability if you have any spare time.

Additional information would forwarded.


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email no. 2

Dear Jennifer,

Thanks for responding to my email.

I am an agent conducting evaluations for Financial Stability Board.

The FSB promotes global financial stability by coordinating the development of regulatory, supervisory and other financial sector policies and conducts outreach to non-member countries.

It achieves cooperation and consistency through a three-stage process, including monitoring implementation of agreed policies.

Its objective is to enhance understanding of key supervisory issues and improve the quality of banking supervision worldwide.

We are currently searching for individuals in France to help us
with our research.
Currently, we are to carry out a Research on the French Banking clearing and International transfer system with support from the IMF.

The sole aim of this job is to research the services of French Banks situated In France.
We have received a lot of reports about their poor services resulting in clearing of checks and international transfers
Hence i will give you a detailed job description in key points.

1. You are to visit your local bank you intend to

2. A cheque would be sent to you to enable you have funds that
would be transferred to another researcher
like you who would be evaluating another Bank in the FSB controlled region.

3. You deposit the cheque into your account.

4. You deduct your wage of €400

5. You transfer the remaining money from your bank(after the subtraction of your
wage and possible bank charges) to the other bank details that
would be communicated to you.

*NOTE* Take note of the duration it takes the cheque to clear.
*What your bank charges you to clear the cheque.
*The number of days it will take the transfer to arrive at the receiving bank.
you observe these key things and you fill out your report in a questionnaire that would be sent to you via email/mail to
enable you give us a detailed feed back of the whole process.

6. After the transfer, you fill out the questionnaire and give a
general comment about the whole process.( Customer service etc)

The reports would be used to prosecute defaulting banks.
Materials needed for the research would be posted to you.

This role would pay €400 per research carried out.

To confirm your interest for this job, kindly respond with your
full name, Full address and cell phone number.

Please feel free to ask any question regarding this research and i will be glad to respond as soon as possible.

We await your urgent response.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and we look
forward to working with you.

Kind Regards,

Thomas Kelly
+44 7774810369


Local time: 20:36
French to English
Beware the "Polaroid" - "Thomas Kelly" - "FSB research" scam Jun 16, 2015

Thank you Jennifer for doing the real research. I had just received the very same email and was going to contact the FSB tomorrow! So thank you for saving me the trouble.

Someone is clearly using the name of real organisations "Financial Stability Board" to con people into receiving and clearing cheques for what may well be a money laundering scheme.

Let this be a warning to others to avoid the "Polaroid" "Thomas Kelly" "FSB" scam - quite sophisticated but also full of spelling mistakes that I would not expect from an international body such as the FSB!


Local time: 20:36
French to English
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POLAROID FSB Jun 17, 2015

I got the same mail a few days ago, and my suspicions were confirmed on contacting the genuine FSB mail address to be found on their website.

Dear Mr G,

Thank you for your email and for informing us about this person.

I can confirm that this person is not working for the FSB and has nothing to do with us.

Apologies for the inconvenience

Best regards

FSB secretariat


Katarzyna Slowikova  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:36
English to Czech
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Overpayment scam again Jun 17, 2015

Not that long time ago somebody posted here exactly the same email, only with some PayPal-like online service in place of the "French banks". You'd surely find it, if you put the text into google instead of the name.
It's no money laundering, it's just the old overpayment joke in a new robe (though quite sophisticated one, imho). You receive a fake check, but send them your real money before the check clears.


Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:36
Member (2008)
Italian to English
Don't click Jun 17, 2015

Don't click on any links in emails like this.


Thayenga  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:36
Member (2009)
English to German
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An old familiar scam Jun 22, 2015

We are all well aware of these scams.

I'm still trying to figure out what going to a bank has to do with a translation offer? Shouldn't the translation job be discussed first? Typical scam that should go straight into File 13.


Local time: 20:36
English to French
An other message Jul 20, 2015

Hello everyone,

I received the exact same e-mail from "polaroid" five weeks ago. I asked for information and had no answer untill this morning where this comes into my mailbox:

Dear Isabelle,

Thank you for responding to my email.
I and my wife are coming to spend our retirement in France.
Currently, i am in search of a personal assistant to work with us virtually/remotely prior to our arrival in France.

Reliability is very important to us hence our choice for interpreters/Translators.

We arrive France in three weeks where we plan to spend the rest of our lives.

Your duties as our personal assistant would be to assist us in basically anything we are required to do prior to our arrival which may range from.

Planning trips,Arranging Airport Pickups,Pay bills,Booking train tickets,Vehicle Hire,Vehicle Insurance,Organizing diaries.
Booking Hotels & General assistant.

The candidate must be a good listener and friendly.

The wage we are offering is Five hundred euros per week.
This job could be part-time or full-time job because most of the task will be done at your spare time but could be adjusted to fit a full-time schedule.

Full itinerary would be given to you as soon as all arrangements have been concluded.

If you require more information, please feel free to contact me and i will be glad to respond almost immediately otherwise, respond stating your interest.

Please note that this email does not automatically offer you employment.
Only successful candidates will be contacted by telephone and email.
Your details would be verified before being accepted.

No prior experience in this field is necessary.

Warm Regards,

Thomas Kelly

Has anyone received the same thing?

It really looks like a scam, even if I'm not sure how it could cost me money since the first thing I would ask would be THEIR credit card number to make reservations but who knows? Maybe I've just been teleported into a Paul Auster novel without my knowledge?

[Edited at 2015-07-20 12:59 GMT]


Jennifer Barnett  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:36
Dutch to English
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PA scam? Jul 20, 2015

I received a very similar message about a year ago. I was surprised to be 'chosen' as a possible candidate as French is not one of my working languages. In any case, it sounded too unappealing to pursue.


Regine Des Aunais
Local time: 20:36
English to French
job offer scam Jul 21, 2015

I received the exact same email this Monday, which made me suspicious: sounds too easy to be true. I didn't reply.


Enrique Cavalitto  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:36
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
These are well know scams Jul 21, 2015

Hi friends,

The original message in this thread is the secret shopper scam and the one reported later is the employment abroad scam.

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