Compensation for Scam Victims

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)”
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015

Hello Beneficiary,

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:

Contact Person: JOHN CREFLO
Phone: +27-63-351-0573

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.


Elliott Harris.
For, United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
+1 (636)-345-5001

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Stephen Clifford, Bank of Nigeria (scam alert)

This is a classic example of a Nigerian 419 scam, and at the same time something of a meta-scam. (Read more about how 419 scams work.) “Stephen Clifford” and the whole government of Nigeria are very sorry the money promised to you has not yet been delivered. They have taken care of all the problems now, and everything is all set. You money will be on its way shortly, they promise:

Subject: From Mr.Stephen Clifford
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015

I Am Mr. Stephen Clifford, Director, Foreign Remittance Department- Central Bank of Nigeria {CBN}. I am contacting based on a recent meeting held with the Office of the Presidency, Federal Republic of Nigeria in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Finance and Senate committee Budget Planning Unite, National House of Assembly-Federal Republic of Nigeria. After the meeting, it was agreed that you will receive a “Part Payment” of Five Million United States Dollars Only {US$5,000,000.00} out of your long complicated outstanding payment.

Why we did this, is because according to information gathered from the banks computer, you have been waiting for a long time to receive your money without success, as I found out that you have almost met all the statutory requirements of the CBN in respect of your contract payment, your problem is that of interest groups.

I am willing to help you get your money but please for security reasons do not tell anybody that you have your money until you receive cash at your doorstep.

This is something we want to avoid because the boxes were padded with machine. We told the courier service that the boxes contains photographic and film materials and when opened will loose its efficacy. We did not declare money because courier service does not carry money.

In your subsequence response I shall send you the details of the courier company which will be in charge of the delivery to your location, we have concluded that you must compensate us with $500,000 United States dollars as soon as you receive your money. To this effect, you will send us a promissory note for $500,000 United States dollars along with your address for sending the boxes by courier. Please maintain topmost secrecy as it may cause a lot of problems if found out that we are using this way to help you, do not ever tell anybody about this until you have your money.

You are required to re-confirm the under listed details as soon as possible for onward shipment of your over due contract fund:

Your full name:
Private telephone number:
Choice of address {where you wish the consignment delivered}:

God is with us as we wait for your reply.

Yours faithfully,
Mr.Stephen Clifford

If you fall into the trap, you’ll discover that they still need a “transfer fee” or “transit tax” or some such thing before they can make delivery, and then once they have your “fee” in their pocket, they’ll disappear and you’ll never hear from them again. There is no money waiting for you, there never was, and “Stephen Clifford” doesn’t exist.

Wells Fargo Phishing Scam

Every major bank or e-commerce site (PayPal, Amazon. etc.) is used by scammers trying to “fish” for private passwords. In this latest example, customers of Wells Fargo Bank are being targeted. The scam link — deactivated below for safety reasons — will take you not to a genuine Wells Fargo website, but instead to the scammer’s website where he will try to capture your private account information.

Subject: Important Notice : Update Your Account
From: Wellsfargo
Date: Fri, 29 May 2015

Dear Wellsfargo User,

Due to our recent security checks, Wellsfargo accounts have been the target to phishers and this has raised security concerns.

We’ve taken this precaution to protect our members while we make sure that the activity doesn’t cause harm–even unintentionally–to the Wellsfargo community.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use your Wellsfargo account in any way. To regain your access update your Wellsfargo account We appreciate your understanding

Click Here To LOGIN TO BEGING THE PROCESS [Link deactivated for safety]

Thank you,

Wellsfargo Security

2015 Wellsfargo Inc. All rights reserved & Co

If you ever get an unexpected message from your bank or from another financial services company, it’s always a good idea to check by phone to see whether the message is legitimate.

Agent Mark A. Morgan, FBI (scam warning)

This message claims to come from the FBI, but it’s really a scam message about a scam. Remember that message you got the other day about a delivery to JFK Airport? You ignored that because you thought it was a scam, right? Well today the FBI intercepted that package and they want to talk to you. Or at least “Agent Mark A. Morgan” wants to talk to you. But why would an FBI agent have an email address at “”? Probably because he isn’t really an FBI agent, but just another advance fee scammer trying to separate you from your money.

From: “Agent Mark A. Morgan”
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 02:56:30 -0400

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Field Intelligence Unit
J. Edgar Hoover Bldg.
935 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20535,

Urgent Attention: Beneficiary,

I am special agent Mark A. Morgan from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Field Intelligence Unit. We have just intercepted and confiscated two trunks at John F Kennedy International Airport in Jamaica New York, NY 11430 coming from a foreign country.

We crosschecked the content of the boxes and found it contained a total sum of $4.1 million dollars. Also with one of the trunks were documents with your name as the receiver of the money. As we progressed in our investigations of the Diplomat which accompanied the trunks into the United States we learned that he was to deliver these funds to your residence as payment of an inheritance/winning, which was due to you.

Further checks on the consignment, we found out that the consignment paperwork lacked the PROOF OF OWNERSHIP CERTIFICATE AND LEGAL DELIVERY PERMIT CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE forms. We then confiscated both trunks and released the Diplomat. The trunks According to section 229 subsection 31 of the International ,Commerce Regulators Code Enforcement Guidelines, your consignment lacks PROOF OF OWNERSHIP CERTIFICATE AND LEGAL DELIVERY PERMIT CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE from the joint team of the Federal Bureau Of Investigation and Homeland Security and therefore you must contact us for direction on how to procure the two certificates, so that you can be relieved of the charges of evading tax which is a jailable offense under section 12 subsection 441 of the ? Tax Code. We will also be asking the IRS to launch an investigation of money laundering if you do not follow our instructions.

You are therefore required to contact me within 72 hours on this email {} at that point I will walk you through the process of clearing and claiming the money. Failure to comply may lead to your arrested, interrogation and/or you being prosecuted in the Court of Law for tax evasion and or money laundering. You are also advised not to contact any bank in Africa, Europe or banking institution.

Yours in service,

Agent Mark A. Morgan
Regional Director
Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Central Bank of Nigeria ATM Card

This isn’t just a simple Nigerian advance-fee scam, it’s a Nigerian advance-fee scam about Nigerian advance-fee scams (a meta-scam). You’ve been scammed in the past, says “Dr. Kingsley Moghalu,” and now we are prepared to pay you compensation for your losses. People receiving this message should remember the old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”

date: Sat, 02 May 15 21:21:26 +0000

From: Dr.Kingsley Moghalu
Deputy Governor
Central Bank of Nigeria
Marina- Lagos
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Ref: CBN/FPD/0101373/14

Attn: Florin Moineagu

This is a reminder message regarding your ATM Master card for your compensation fund in the sum of US$570,000.00 (Five hundred and Seven thousand US dollars only) approved by the Ministry of Finance. The Foreign Payment Department of CBN has been mandated by the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to handle the payment of your compensation fund of the above amount by ATM card. Your email contact is amongst the listed beneficiaries in the data for the sum of US$570,000.00. And I have been assigned by the management of CBN to carry out delivery of the ATM card package to you.

This compensation is in compliance with IMF and World bank directives to pacify victims of internet scam. On this note, I am pleased to inform you that ATM card Number 8539 7578 0114 3023 for the sum of US$570,000.00 has been credited in your favor and ready for immediate delivery to you. You are hereby required to re-confirm your full names, telephone number and present address where you want the ATM card to be delivered to you.

Upon receipt of the above requirements from you I shall have your ATM card package dispatched to you by courier service who will deliver to your designated home address. With the ATM card, you can make withdrawals from any part of the world at ATM center near to you. The pin number and all necessary user guides will be attached on delivery (intact in the ATM card package doc.) which will be delivered to you by the courier service, for your easy use.

Further instruction/directive will be sent to you on receipt of your acknowledgment to this message.

Best Regards
Dr. Kingsley Moghalu
Office of the Deputy Governor
CBN, Nigeria

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Oceanic Bank of Nigeria PLC (Scam Warning)

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I often feel sorry for the good people of Nigeria because the international reputation of their country has been sullied by so many scammers. There must be some legitimate businesses in the country, but all that the world ever sees are the fraudsters. And the fraudsters know the reputation of Nigeria is bad, and use that to their advantage, assuring their scam targets that their messages employ special security measures to keep you safe because there’s so much fraud out there. Scams built upon scams. (Meta-scams?)

from Mr Daniel Brown
date Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 11:25 AM
subject Notification of payment by ATM Master Credit Card


Notification of payment by ATM Master Credit Card

Attn: Beneficiary,

We hereby officially notifying you about the present arrangement to pay you, your over due contract/inheritance fund which you could not complete the process of the released of your transfer pin code through the Digitalized Payment System. We have decided to pay your funds to you through (ATM Master Express Credit Card) This arrangement was initiated/constituted by the World Bank and Paris Club,due to fraudulent activities going on within the African Region.

The World Bank and Paris Club introduced this payment arrangement as to enable our contractors/inheritance beneficiary to receive their fund without any interference. the ATM Master Express Credit Card was contracted and powered by GOLD CARD WORLD WIDE. Reconfirm the following information to us for Security reason.


Upon the receipt of this mail we are going to load your fund into the Master Express Credit Card and send a scan copy of the card to you before we will proceed to dispatch the card directly to your nominated home address so you absolutely have nothing to worry about all we need is your Prompt Response and Co-operation by Gods Grace we will have a successful Transaction.

Contact the ATM CARD department

Email To Contact:
TEL: +234-8191477141



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Barack Obama / United Nations Scam

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The scammers must have fun coming up with some of these schemes. This is a classic version of the scam that offers to compensate you for previous scams. Since everyone gets phony emails these days, what better trick to use than to fraudulently offer restitution for all the harm that scammers have done to you. You’re fed up with all those scammers, aren’t you! The scammers know you are, and so here they try to trick you again by taking it to the next level.

from Nation
date Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 9:25 AM

United Nations Plaza,
27th Floor, New York, NY 10017

SCAMMED VICTIM/ Three Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars COMPENSATION- REF/PAYMENTS CODE: 06657.

Attn: Beneficiary

The U.S President BARAK OBAMA in conjunction with the UNITED NATIONS in the United Nations 2010 Compensation program authorized the compensation of one hundred internet fraud victims the sum of Three million five hundred thousand United states dollars each, you have been listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims as confessed by one of the swindlers who was apprehended by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, get back to us as soon as possible for the immediate payment of your Three million five hundred thousand United states dollars compensations funds.

Furthermore we would like to bring to your notice that during the last UN meeting held at New York, The issue of loss of funds by various foreigners to the scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today had an alarming response confirming a high rate of Internet fraud activities. In other to retain the good image of each country represented at the UN Meeting, the president of some of the Countries who’s citizens were involved in these internet activities (Which includes South Africa , Dubai and Nigeria) are now paying 100 victims of this operators Three million five hundred thousand United states dollars each. Due to the corrupt and inefficient banking systems in the listed countries, the payments are to be made by UNITED NATIONS under funding assistance of the BARCLAYS BANK PLC UK. According to the number of applicants at hand, 84 beneficiaries have been paid, of which a majority of the scammed victims orig inate from the United States and

Your particulars was mentioned by one of the syndicates who was arrested in Nigeria as one of their victims of their operations, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him for any reason for whatsoever, the US secret service is already on trace of the rest of the criminals associated with him.

We have confirmed from the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) concerning this issue and they indicated to us that several Fraudulent attempts have been made to extort Money from you all in the name of giving you funds.

For more vital information, please visit:

As soon as we receive your response we would make necessary arrangements to ensure that your funds are swiftly transferred to you without delays.

We are also working hand in hand with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to see to it that this imposter’s re brought to book. Your response is highly required to enable us materialize the processing of transfer of your UNITED NATIONS/BARAK OBAMA COMPENSATION funds.

In your email response, indicate your contact phone number and a valid copy of your proof of Identification including a preferred means by which the BARCLAYS BANK PLC LONDON, UK can conveniently transfer the Three million five hundred thousand United States dollars to you.

Ban Ki-moon
Secretary General, United Nation.
Copyright (c) 2010 United Nation Organization All Rights Reserved

Mrs. Farida Waziri, Financial Crimes

This is a classic reverse-psychology scam. You see, there are so many scammers out there who are trying to cheat you, that I (“Mrs. Farida Waziri” of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) have decided that your case merits special attention from the Nigerian government. That’s the only way the actual money you are owed can be delivered, free from scammer interference. It’s like a hall of mirrors, no?

from: sanusinewton
date: Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 1:19 AM
subject: ATTENTION….

Good day,

My Name is Mrs. Farida Waziri the new Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chairperson in Nigeria.

I understand you are expecting your delayed fund to be transferred to you, but some top government officials and bank partners will not tell you the truth about the where abouts of your fund and all they are doing is to tell you to pay outrageous fees which you refused to come up with.

I have to let you know the truth because I know you have gone far in trying to get this fund and must have paid some amounts of monies to persons you are not supposed to give out a dime to. I will be ready to help you get your fund if you abide to my instructions to enable me help in delivering your fund as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission principal officer. I strongly know that they will never tell you the truth because they are all criminals.

I have decided with my veto power that you must receive one third of your principle fund which is US$5.5m (Five million five hundred united states dollars) to ascertain really whom I am.

You are advice to email me via my private mailbox I expect your prompt response.

Mr. Farida Waziri.

Zenith Bank Compensation Unit (Scam Alert)

As more people around the world have become aware of email scams, it’s become harder for the scammers to make a living. But they’re nothing if not adaptable. Since the scammers figure you’re aware of the standard scam, what better strategy to take than to promise you a refund for having received scam messages? You know the messages are annoying, so what better way to relieve your annoyance and to (seemingly) let you stick your thumb in the scammers’ eyes than to get some money back. You deserve it!

But of course this is just another layer in the multi-level scam. If you reply, you’ll discover that you have to pay a “fee” or a “tax” before your refund can be released. And then once you pay the fee, well, you know what will happen next…

date: Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM



In regards to the recent meeting between the United Nations and the Present United States Government to restore the dignity and Economy of the Nations.Base on the Agreement with the World Bank Assistance to help and make the world a better place for all with the sole aim of abolishing poverty.

This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$ 250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars)This includes every foriegn contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc.

Your name and email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team of Economic and Financial Crime Commission observers and this is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed.

You are advised to contact Mr. Jim Ovia of ZENITH BANK NIGERIA PLC, as he is our representative in Nigeria, contact him immediately for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of USD$ 250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) This funds are in a Bank Draft for security purpose ok? so he will send it to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice.

Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number/your correct mailing address where you want him to send the Draft to you.

Contact Mr. Jim Ovia immediately for your Cheque:

Person to Contact Mr. Jim Ovia
Foreign Remittance Department
Zenith Bank Plc
Official Tel: 234-709-602-6041
Fax: 234-1-759-4450

Goodluck and kind regards,

Making the world a better place

Mr. Ban Ki-Moon

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African Monetary Agency (Scam Alert)

This is an example of the refund/reparations-type of advance fee fraud. It plays upon the widespread public knowledge of African 419 scams, and purports to offer you compensation for having been scammed in the past — it’s a kind of meta-scam about being scammed.

It’s quite unusual, however, in that it specifies an amount you must pay upfront. For a mere $450 sent to “Mrs. Julie” (how’s that for a name to inspire confidence) you can get your refund of $500,000. That would be quite a deal — if it weren’t all a fraud.

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 8:00 PM
From: “Mr. Dennis Sweat.” (

Chief Compensation Officer
African Monetary Agency
In-collaboration with United Nations Compensation Committee
(United Nations Anti-fraud Commission)
United State Of America.

Attention:Dear Scammed Victim.


We are African Monetary Agency In-collaboration with United Nations Compensation Committee (USA) to pay 1000 USA,Europe, Africa and Nigerian 419 scam victims $500.000.00 each, you are listed and approved for these payments as one of the scammed victims to recieve $500.000.00 as compensations funds.

On this faithful recommendations, I want you to know that during the last UN meetings held at Washington D.C and New York USA, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world in the meetings on the lose 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 this continent, all the west African head of states of west African countries, presidents and all members of the parliament of Ecowas states is now paying 1000 victims of this operators $500.000.00 each as approved by USA President Barrack Obama.

Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking systems in Africa, the payments are to be paid through USA and London Monetary Agency, under funding assistance by the Central Bank of Nigeria and Euro Bank in London According to the number of applicants at hand, 584 beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are from the United States and Asia, we still have many left out to be paid the compensations of $500.000.00 each only.

You are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to anybody for any reason for whatsoever; the US FBI secret service is already on trace of the criminals.

Note that you will pay the (COT) Cost Of Transfer before Your Fund Transfer will be carried out Successfully.

Contact Mrs. Julie with the details Below and And ask her to give you details on how to pay the Cost of Transfer of Your fund into your Bank Account. The cost of transfer will cost you just $450. Her Name and Contact Email address is as bellow:

NAME: Mrs. Julie
Address: 554 SW Jefferson St. Sheridan, Or 97378-USA.

Please send her the following details for further processing:
Finally, make sure that you reconfirm:

1. Full Name:
2. Full Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Age:
5. Sex:
6. Telephone Number:
7. Nationality:
8. Place of Residence:
9.Your Bank Details, and attach a scan copy of your Id.

You will receive your compensations payments via Bank to Bank transfer,Mrs Julie shall feed you with further modalities as soon as you Contact her Via-Email.Make sure you Ask her to send you the details on how to pay the Cost of Transfer of your Fund to your Nominated Bank Account.

Note that this COT fee of $450 should be paid Directly to Mrs. Julie in USA for immediate processing and transfer of your fund.


Yours faithfully,
Mr. Dennis Sweat.
Chief Compensation Officer,
African Monetary Agency in Collaboration with United Nations Compensation Committee,(United Nations Anti-fraud Commission),USA.

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