An almost laughable scam email claiming to be from Ban Ki-moon (the UN's Secretary General) offering to reward victims of scams with $250,000. Of course if you are daft enough to fall for it, then you will soon find that there will be problems that will require up-front fees to be paid etc etc. Note that the reply-to address is actually firstname.lastname@example.org (a free email service provider in India) although the email originated from Google Mail. You can be reasonably assured that Ban Ki-moon does not need to use a free email provider.
Subject: SCAMMED VICTIM/ US$ 250,000.00 BENEFICIARY.REF/PAYMENTS CODE:078654
Date: Wed, July 9, 2008 12:44 pm
ZENITH BANK COMPENSATION UNIT, IN AFFILIATION WITH THE UNITED
NATION. Send acopy of your response to official email:
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family?,You may not
understand why this mail came to you.
We have been having a meeting for the passed 7 months which ended 2 days ago
with the then secretary to the United Nations
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$
(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
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
Telephone No: +234_8064109875.
Goodluck and kind regards,
Mr. Ban Ki Moon
Secretary (UNITED NATIONS).
Making the world a better place