There are lot of scams online, and the scammers know it, and they know you know it. So many scammers now try to hook people into “meta-scams.” They tell you that they know you’ve been scammed before, and investigators have checked into this. They have found that, yes, you were cheated out of your rightful money. Now (the scammer assures you) the Government of Nigeria (or wherever) is going to make good and your money will be delivered soon.
This example of a meta-scam has all the usual components: a United Nations investigation, an urgent plea for your help, and a need to reply right away:
From: “Mrs. Inga-Britt Ahlenius”email@example.com
Subject: Urgent information From: Mrs.Inga,
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2015
UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL OVERSIGHT SERVICES
Internal Audit,Monitoring,Consulting And Investigations Division
From: Mrs. Inga-Britt Ahlenius
This is to inform you that I came to Nigeria yesterday from London, after series of complains from the FBI and other Security agencies from Asia, Europe, Oceania, Antarctica, South Erica and the United States of America respectively, against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the British Government for he rate of scam activities going on in these two nations.
I have met with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria who claimed that he has been trying his best to make sure you receive your fund in your account.
Right now, as directed by our secretary general Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, We are working in collaborations with the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and have decided to waive away all your clearance fees/Charges and authorize the Government of Nigeria to effect the payment of your compensation of an amount of $10M approved by both the British government and the UN into your account without any delay. The only fee you will pay to confirm your fund in your account is your Notarization fee which will cost you only but $350, 00 united state dollars, to the UN.
Sincerely, you are a lucky person because I have just discovered that some top Nigerian and British Government Officials are interested in your fund and they are working in collaboration with One Mr. Richard Graves from USA to frustrate you and thereafter divert your fund into their personal account.
I have a very limited time to stay in Nigeria here so I would like you to urgently respond to this message so that I can advise you on how best to confirm your fund in your account within the next 72 hours. For oral discussion, call me on this number which I just acquired in Nigeria today+2348109395660.
Also contact our secretary general Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, for more investigation.
Name: Mr. Ban Ki-Moon
Call me (518) 772-3928
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