Monday, June 01, 2015

UN Holding My Money

This looks intriguing. I've apparently inherited money from a relative or acquaintance that I didn't know existed, and the United Nations is trying to make sure I receive it, in spite of corruption.

Attention Fund Beneficiary/ Email Owner.


we have actually been authorized by the United Nation, and the International Monetary Fund, to investigate the unnecessary delay on the payment approved in your favor.
During the course of our investigation, we discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily Delayed by corrupt officials of the Bank who are Trying to divert your funds into their private accounts.

To forestall this, security for your funds was organized in the form of your personal Identification number (PIN) ATM CARD and this will enable only you to have direct Control over your funds in the ATM CARD.
We will monitor this payment ourselves to avoid the hopeless situation created by the 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 funds have been credited in your favor through ATM VISA CARD.

You are therefore advice to contact: Mr.  Brine World,
Director ATM Payment Department
(Intercontinental Benin Republic)
Email Address:

Contact him now and tell him to advise you on how to receive your ATM CARD.  As soon as you establish a contact with him, an ATM card will be issued to you immediately which you can use to withdraw your funds in any Bank ATM Machine in your Country, but the maximum to withdraw is
5000 per day.

When contacting him, contact him with your data as stated below:

1. Your Full Name:
2. Address Where You Want the Courier Company to Send Your ATM Card
3. Your Age:
4. Occupation:
5. Telephone Numbers:
6. Country:

NOTE: You are advised to furnish Mr. Brine World with your correct and valid details; Also be informed that your ATM CARD is valued 
1,000,000,00GBP. Congratulations.

What is the scam, I wonder? Identity theft seems obvious, given the information they've requested. I suppose there will be some costs to get "my" ATM card set up, so there's advance fee fraud, as well.

The email address is an anonymous account, of course. Why would the World Director of the ATM Payment Department at the World Bank Group have a corporate email address?

Have scammers never interacted with a real bank, such that they could come up with a convincing email address? Have they never run the grammar/spelling check on a word processor? Could I get paid to proofread their scam emails?

I suppose it's just as well that these guys are incompetent at thievery.

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