According to this email, which purports to be from the World Bank, you are set to receive a $4.5 million payout via the United Nations Compensation Commission.
Supposedly, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recovered the money which “been on transfer process for some period of time”.
The email instructs you to contact the “General Consultant” with your personal details to arrange transfer of the fund to your account.
However, the World Bank did not send the email and it has no connection whatsoever to the United Nations, the IMF, or any other legitimate organisation.
Instead, it is an advance fee scam designed to trick you into sending your money and personal information to criminals.
If you go ahead and contact the “General Consultant”, you will soon be told that you are required to send money upfront, supposedly to cover various expenses associated with the fund transfer. The scammers will claim that this money must be paid by you in advance and cannot be deducted from the fund itself. They will warn that, if you do not send the money, you will forfeit your right to claim the fund.
After you send money the first time, you will likely receive further requests for even more money. The scammers will invent various stories to explain why the extra fees are required. After they have extracted as much money from you as they can, the scammers will simply disappear, and you will no longer be able to contact them. You will never get back any of the money you have sent. Nor will you ever get the promised million dollar fund, which never existed to begin with.
And, if the scammers have been able to trick you into giving them your sensitive personal and financial information, they may be able to steal your identity as well as your money.
This scam attempts to target people who have been victims of previous advance fee scams. The scammers apparently hope that people who have previously sent money to advance fee scammers will fall for the ruse in the forlorn hope that they will finally get hold of the money they had been promised. So, the scammers are chasing a second slice of the pie.
The main body of the scam message is delivered as an attached PDF complete with seemingly official logos, images and signatures. To add to the illusion of legitimacy, the PDF includes a link to the United Nations website. For the record, the United Nations Compensation Commission is a real entity, but it is not in the business of randomly handing out millions of dollars to strangers via the Internet. Here is a description of the UNCC from the organization’s website:
The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) was created in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council with a mandate to process claims and pay compensation for losses and damage suffered as a direct result of Iraq’s unlawful invasion and occupation of Kuwait.
Screenshots of the scam email:
Transcript of the scam email:
PRESS RELEASE NO: 2019/168/ECR
UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION COMMISSION PAYS OUT $995 MILLION US DOLLAR,
We have actually been authorized by the newly appointed UNITED NATIONS secretary general, and the governing body of the International Monetary Unit, and Finance Ministry, has investigated your fund, which has
been on transfer process for some period of time. During the second quarter of the general Financial Auditing, the
International Monetary Fund (IMF), has recovered your fund at the tune of ($4, 5
be paid to you through bank-to-bank transfer to your account.
which was to
Signed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, the SPF
includes four key areas of cooperation: finance and implementation support to release the sum of ($4, 5
to all the scam victims’ and
to help countries reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); decisive
global action on climate change; joint work in post-crisis and humanitarian settings; and harnessing data to improve
And after the auditing, United States of America Government and International Monetary Fund has decides that the
entire recovered and returned funds should be paid to their various owners within 7 days. This decision was taking
by the Board of the auditors in the Finance Ministry (Office of the Treasury), and at present the fund is in the
escrow account with Bank of England.
For the security of your funds and was organized in the form of your personal Identification and this will enable only you to have direct Control over your funds, and we will monitor this payment ourselves to avoid any hopeless situation created by officials of the bank.
An irrevocable payment guarantee has been issued by the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on your Payment. However, we are happy to inform you that based on our recommendation / Instructions; your complete Inheritance / Compensation funds have been credited in your favor through one of our paying bank in New York. And you are therefore advised to contact (Mr. Owen Joseph, our General Consultant), the Payment Director immediately.
You are therefore advice to contact:
MR. OWEN JOSEPH, THE GENERAL CONSULTANT
FAX: +2786 218 2899
Million Dollars) Contact him now for the processing of your payment. And as soon as you establish a contact with him, your payment will be process and transfer to you immediately. So if you like to receive your funds you’re advised to contact (Mr. Owen Joseph, our General Consultant) with the following information as stated below:
Please send your payment file Number to the bank Payment file: RBI-DEL/ID3/4,5US
1. Your Full Name:
3. Your Age:
5. Telephone Numbers:
NOTE: You are advised to furnish (Mr. Owen Joseph, our General Consultant) with your correct and valid details. Also be informed that the amount to be paid to you now is ($4, 5 Million Dollars), we expect your urgent response to this email to enable us monitor this payment effectively thereby making contact with (Mr. Owen Joseph, our General Consultant) directed to avoid further delay.
Meanwhile, a woman came to our office few days ago with a Sworn Affidavit from the High Court, claiming to be your true representative, and that you have authorized her to receive the payment on your behalf. Her Name is: (Mrs. Anne Engelbrecht), Address: No: 34 Stiemens Street Braamfontein, Gauteng South Africa. Please, do reconfirm to this office, as a matter of urgent if this woman is from you so that the US Bank will not be held responsible for paying to the wrong beneficiary. However, US Bank will proceed to transfer the payment to the Said (Mrs. Anne Engelbrecht) if they do not hear from you within the Next Three (3) Working days from today.
And an irrevocable payment guarantee has been issued by the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on your Payment. However, we are happy to inform you that based on our recommendation/Instructions to avoid double claim: your complete Inheritance / Compensation funds have been credited in your favor through one of our paying bank in USA, and you are therefore advised to contact (The General Consultant : (Mr. Owen Joseph) from our branch office in Africa.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!