The email below, now circulating around the Internet, is an example of what I call a meta-scam — a scam message about scam messages. (See more examples of meta-scams.) “Elliott Harris” wants you to know that the United Nations is addressing the issue of online scams, and has arranged to provide compensation for scam victims. If you’ll just send him some information, you will be paid for any losses you may have incurred.
Alas, it is “Elliott Harris” (or maybe “John Creflo”) who are the real scammers. There is really no UN Investigation Unit, and no compensation fund. They are just trying to get their hooks into you so they can pick your pocket.
From: “Elliott Harris (UN)” firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: US$1.5M COMPENSATION PAYMENT FOR YOU !!!
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015
This is to acquaint you on the outcome of our 1 day meeting with U.N International Financial Investigation Unit and the Association of Better Business Bureau to compensate scam victims upon due verification, we have jointly approved US$1.5m (One million, Five hundred thousand United States Dollars) for every confirmed victim. Your E-mail address was generated through the computer ballot system as one of the selected victim to receive this compensation.
However, adequate arrangement has been put in place to upload the approved payment compensation into a Platinum Card that can be accessible at any inter-switch cash machine anywhere in the world.
Finally; for the purpose of proper verification of your claims, it is imperative that you furnish us with the following of your details necessary to process release/remittance of your payment:
Your Full Name(s):
Your Direct Telephone Number:
Contact Address (FOR ATM DELIVERY)
Photocopy of any I.D you may have:
You are expected to forward the above information to the Authorized Payment Center in South Africa below:
Paying Bank: FIRST NATIONAL BANK, S.A
Contact Person: JOHN CREFLO
You are advised to contact the above bank with your information to enable your fund processed and released to you within the stipulated time frame.
For, United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
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