Today I received the following spam. It’s a re-take on the old Nigerian fax (and later e-mail scam). In that scam, you get a letter from someone who pretends to be a high government or bank official asking you for help (generally access to your bank account) to perpetuate a multiple-million dollar fraud. For your help, you get a percentage of that money, generally a few million. Once you are hooked, they start asking you for money in order to pay fees and bribes and so forth to release the money.
Many people have been scammed and lost thousands and tens of thousand of dollars. Now the scammers have decided to scam them once again – by pretending that they can receive a large payment from the UN for their losses in the previous scam. Of course, there is no such program and no such payment and we can expect they’ll have to pay more fees and so forth to give the scammers some money.
I have little sympathy for the victims of the scam – they are stupid, greedy and unethical – but I do find this highly amusing.
BTW, you can usually spot a scam of this type (and others) by looking at the faulty English.
SCAMMED VICTIM/$100,000 BENEFICIARIES.
REF/PAYMENTS CODE:06654 $100,000 USD.
ECOBANK/UNITED NATIONS SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS.
This is to bring to your notice that I am delegated from the United Nations To Central Bank to pay 150 scam victims $100,000 USD (One Hundred Thounsand Dollars) each. You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount, get back to as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your $100,000 USD compensations funds.
On this faithful recommendations, know that during the last U.N. meetings held at Abuja, Nigeria, it was alarmed so much by the world in the meetings on the lose of funds by various individuals to the Nigerian scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today. In other to compensate victims, the U.N Body in conjunction with the Nigerian Government is now paying 150 victims of this operators $100,000 USD each in accordance with the U.N. recommendations. Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in Nigeria, the payments are to be supervised by the United Nations’ Officials and the Central Bank Nigeria as the corresponding paying bank is ECO BANK PLC.
According to the number of applicants at hand, 114 Beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are from the United States, we still have more 36 left to be paid the compensations of $100,000 USD each. Your particulars was mentioned by one of the Syndicates who was arrested as one of their victims of the operations, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him for any reason what so ever as the U.S. secret service is already on trace of the other criminals. So keep it secret till they are all apprehended. Other victims who have not been contacted can submit their application as well for scrutiny and possible consideration.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) (Motto: No Body is Above the Law) have combined effort with the United Nation Anti-crime commission to alleviate and redeem the image and past wounds of foreigners and firms who were defrauded, scammed and abandoned by this syndicates to slight down our dignities to international communities.
Many banks have been in bankrupcy today, Universal firms, Companies and individuals due to the activity of these hoodlums. However, investigation have shown that these people have dropped over 500,000 victims after collecting their money falsefuly, many committed suicide and others living by the grace of God.
With the sanity presently at hand, we have over 500 convicts at hand, 300 in kirikri prisons while many are still awaiting trail while We still fetch for others who feel they are wise and hope that you will be our friend by giving us more information as per clue in apprehending them.
For Success Stories for money recovered and returned visit:
Most Wanted: http://www.efccnigeria.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=78&Itemid=79
You can receive your compensations payments via any of this options you Choose, DRAFT/CHEQUE PAYMENTS or WIRE TRANSFERS. I shall feed you with further modalities as soon as I hear from you.
Send a copy of your response to the official email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SCAMMED VICTIM/REF/PAYMENTS CODE:06654 $100,000 USD.