An official looking yet poorly worded email showed up in my in-box today. This is yet another angle that scam artists are using to get you to send them money. The email starts off pretty good but three or four words into the introduction it falls apart like the break in a heavy metal song. This scam claims that your email address was found in a list that was attained by a group of World bankers in a meeting they held in order to compensate victims. They claim that you will receive 100,000 Pounds in compensation if you contact them immediately. The catch is that you must send them 325 Pounds for shipping costs. Why not just directly deposit the funds into my banking account? Because they would not get the 325 Pounds if they did the transaction that way.
This is an obvious scam and below is the email I received WORD FOR WORD in its exact form. The email was not altered in any way or corrected for spelling. Take a look and see if you have received an email like this one recently.
*BEGIN SCAM EMAIL*
Attention: The Beneficiary,
CONGRATULATION RE-COMPENSATION PAYMENT .
We are delegated from the United Nations to Bank of America, Barclays Bank & Royal Bank of Scotland we have been approved to pay 103 World 419 scam victims 100,000 Pounds (One Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds Sterling Only) each, Your email address was listed as of them and you are now been approved for this payments as one of the scammed victims, get back to us as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your 100,000 Pounds compensations funds.
On this faithful recommendations, I want you to know that during the last United Nations meetings held at Central London, United Kingdom-GB, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world in the meetings on the lost of funds by various foreigners to the scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today, in other to retain the good image of the country, The Queen of the England has approved the immediate payment of the 103 victims an approved sum of 100,000 Pounds each, through a Security/Financial House here in Central London called Pacific Finance & Securities Plc under funding assistance by the Barclays Bank of London & Royal Bank of Scotland According to the number of applicants at hand, 103 beneficiaries will be paid, victims are from the United States, Europe and Asia Countries Only.
Your particulars was mentioned by one of the syndicates who was arrested in Manchester London, as one of their victims of there operations, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to any of the criminals for any reason for whatsoever, the U S Secret Service in Collaboration with the FBI, INTPOL,THE SCOTLAND YARD POLICE & INTERNATIONAL CYBER CRIME TASKFORCE is already on trace of the criminals.
For more vital information, you will receive your compensations payments via a Bank Draft Payment (Cashable Cheque) To your Home Address, and not a Wire Transfer; STOP every communication with any person/Office promising you your payment are they all are scammers you will never receive penny.
Required Information Bellow:
Send your information to Dr. Cooker Spencer who is The Compensation Payment Officer, In London on this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Name as Appeared on Your Bank Account:
Direct Phone Number:
Please be informed that you’re liable to pay Only for the Shipping Cost which amounts to 325 Pounds, AS THAT IS THE ONLY REQUIRED FEES as we were not able to pay for the shipping cost.
NOTE: This is not of the scam emails you normally receive in your mail box every day you should also know that the United Nation or Compensation Office can never be in contact with you with FREE EMAIL ADDRESS Be warn and careful as we working directly along with the Scotland Yard Police & International Cyber Crime Commission Taskforce.
Mr. Jimmy W Mcmahan
Chief Compensation Officer,
United Nations Compensation Committee,
(United nations Anti-fraud Committee)
*END SCAM EMAIL*
I have seen a lot of different scam email over the years but this seems new. If not for the very poor English and grammar mistakes it just might fool some people into sending the money. The problem with an email like this is that the premise doesn’t make sense and the execution of payment makes even less sense. If it were a true email from a reliable source and it did indeed seek to pay back victims then there would be no need for the victim to pay anything in order to receive the funds owed to them. A quick search on-line that includes the names and contact information produces no viable or usable results.
If you have received an email like this one or another type of scam email then leave a comment below so that others can avoid such scams in the future. As long as there are lazy Nigerians that speak poor English you can expect this type of activity to continue. Being well informed and always performing searches and name checks can keep you from being taken advantage of by this type of scam.