Email claims that the United Nations Organization Compensation Department has awarded the recipient the sum of 500,000 British Pounds as part of the “Poverty Reduction And Eradication” program.
From: Prof. Larry Keyl Subject: “POVERTY REDUCTION AND ERADICATION”
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this mail meets you in a perfect condition. This is the United Nations Organization (COMPENSATION DEPARTMENT), this program is organized by the Board of Trustees and Directors for the end of the Year “POVERTY REDUCTION AND ERADICATION”.
We are using our reputable and well known organization to let you know that you are one of our chosen beneficiaries for this program of “POVERTY REDUCTION AND ERADICATION” in your country’s e-mail directory.
We hereby inform you that you have successfully being chosen and Compensated for an International Bank Draft in the amount of ?500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds) in our United Kingdom regional Annex. Now, for the compensated price, you will have to contact the Finance House and the Compensation Department for your perusals and claims of your compensated price.
My dear beneficiary, below is the contact of the Finance House and Compensation Department (FHCD) for the collection and claims of your International certificated bank draft:
COMPENSATION HEAD OFFICE AND
CONTACT Officer: Barrister Tom Campbell.
EMAIL: ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
CELL PHONE: +447024036609
Below is our Chief Organizer’s contact information in the United Kingdom should you have any questions and verifications to make for proper enlightenment and explanation. If you want to verify or get any confirmations from me but I want you to be rest assured that your bank draft will be cashed at you nominated Bank.
CHIEF ORGANISER/C.E.O UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION DEPARTMENT
NAME: Prof. Larry Keyl
ADDRESS: 26 CH-8001, Zurich, Switzerland
Finally, remember that we have forwarded instruction to the Finance House and Compensation Department (FHCD) on your behalf to send the bank draft to you as soon as you contact them without delay. Please be informed that you should treat this as confidential as ever and in good faith from the Board and Management of the Organization.
Thanks. God Loves
and Bless you and your family.
Hope to contact the F.H.C.D soon.
Prof. Larry Keyl
C.E.O / CHIEF ORGANISER.
According to this email, the recipient is one of the “chosen beneficiaries” for the Poverty Reduction And Eradication program, an initiative organized by the United Nations Compensation Department. The message informs the recipient that he or she can file a claim for 500,000 British Pounds by contacting the “Finance House and Compensation Department” and requesting the funds.
However, the message is not from the United Nations and the promised funds are just the bait used to lure gullible Internet users into sending money and personal information to the fraudsters responsible. A recipient who takes the bait and contacts the “Finance House and Compensation Department” will soon be asked to pay upfront fees before the supposed funds can be delivered. Of course, the funds do not exist and any money sent by the victim will be pocketed by the scammers. The scammers may continue to ask for further fees until the victim runs out of money or finally accepts that he or she is being taken for a ride. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for victims to continue to send money to such scammers against all logic and common sense in a vain and increasingly more desperate attempt to see a return on their “investment”. Sadly, it is very unlikely that the victim will ever get any of his or her money returned, even with the help of law enforcement. The international nature of such scam operations can make it difficult to track down and apprehend offenders, let alone arrange compensation for victims.
Moreover, during the course of the scam, the fraudsters may trick their victim into divulging a great deal of sensitive personal and financial information, ostensibly to prove identity and satisfy legal requirements. Armed with this information, the scammers may then be able to steal the victim’s identity as well as his or her money.
It is not difficult to recognize scam attempts as transparent as this one. If recipients apply just a little common sense to the outlandish claims in these emails, then they should quickly realize their bogus nature. It is simply absurd to suggest that the United Nations would try to “reduce and eradicate poverty” by handing over 500,000 pounds to one person who was apparently not so poverty stricken that he or she does not have access to a computer and the Internet. Organizations such as the United Nations simply do not randomly hand out very large sums of money to individuals, nor indeed would they inform grant recipients via unsolicited emails. Scam emails are also often characterized by poor or unusual spelling and grammar and the use of free email accounts such as live.com or Gmail.
Scammers use a very large variety of cover stories to entice potential victims into taking the bait and making contact with them. In general, Internet users should be cautious of ANY unsolicited emails that claim that they have been granted or have won a large sum of money. In other versions of the scam, the victim may be promised a percentage of a large amount of money for helping to process funds or participating in a business deal.
Last updated: 8th September 2008
First published: 8th September 2008
By Brett M. Christensen