The UN has a habit of handing out free cash…really…trust me…


We’re all familiar with those 419 schemes – you get an email claiming that you’ve won $2,000,000 or that someone found a bank account that belonged to your uncle’s cousin’s step-sister’s nephew’s neice and that you are listed as the beneficiary. All you have to do to claim the money is send your bank account information and all kinds of personal information to some guy in Nigeria and he’ll be sure to wire the money directly to your account. There are, in fact, people who still fall for that.

We recently came across a spam sample that takes those old 419 schemes to a new level. As seen in the example below, the email appears to have been sent from the United Nations.

It states:

This message 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$500,000. This includes every foreign contractors that may not have received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc.

They claim to have a database of victims’ names and instruct the recipient to contact some guy named Jim, located in (you guessed it) Nigeria. Ole Jim has $50,000 for each person that contacts him with bank account information. It’s like a scheme to scheme the schemed.

My favorite part of the email is the closing: “Making the world a better place.” Gee thanks, Jim…I’ll be sure to call you with all of MY bank account information…you’ve made the world a much better place and now it’s so easy for me to claim my money!

Those guys think of everything, don’t they? They should think about checking the spelling and grammar before sending these emails out. I mean, I would HOPE the United Nations would be able to construct sentences with proper English, right?


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