The Most Deliciously Ironic Scam Attempt.

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario

Normally I don't even open these emails, but I'm glad I opened this one. I was a little struck by the irony.


Our Ref: U.N/WBO/042SWISS/2012.


You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting for the past 2 months which just ended Few days ago with the secretary to the UNITED NATIONS. This emailis to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world especially here in Nigeria, the UNITED NATIONS IN Affiliation with WORLD BANK have agreed to compensate over 250 scam victims,with the sum of USD$800,000,00.
This includes every foreign 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. We foundyour name in the list of those who are to benefit from these compensation exercise and that is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed.

You can view the link so that you can know more about the compensation

CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA,Banco SANTANDER BANK SPAIN AND CITI BANK PLC UK, are the corresponding paying bank under the funding assistance of the UNITED NATIONS,for that is
where most victims have been scammed of their hard earned money.

You will receive your reimbursement via ATM PAYMENTS UNIT.Also for the Delivery of the ATM CARD to you,you are in obligation to obtain, a Duly Sworn Affidavit from the Liaison Office here in Nigeria,which will back up the Origin of your Fund. You should therefore contact our payee officer here to get the Sworn Affidavit for you.

Below is his contact information and NOTE THAT THE COST OF THE AFFIDAVIT IS $325 ONLY and and send your proper informations to him together with the payment fee of $325 and Your call is highly important and a copy of your response is expected with the following information, With this code (CODE 1122 AS THE SUBJECT)

Full Name:
Full home Delivery address:


Mr. Fred Taylor

I apologize on behalf of my organization for any delay you have might encountered in receiving your fund in the past. Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear
from you as soon as you get your ATM card. Making the world a better place.


Fred Taylor


Does anybody fall for these emails any more?


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LaNita Cates
REMAX of Joliet - Joliet, IL

I get these and never open and just put in spam. They are SO silly and I can't believe anyone would believe these!

Mar 20, 2012 01:21 AM #1
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

There is a fool born every minute.. It seems my family tree is incorrect since I have so many rich uncles in Nigeria!

Mar 20, 2012 01:28 AM #2
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Malcolm - I too love the irony here!  Oh, and those grammatical errors - can't stand those.

Mar 20, 2012 03:55 AM #3
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA amazes me that some people still do fall for these!

Mar 20, 2012 07:17 AM #4
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Wow, Malcolm, you are one really lucky person.  You won the UN lottery ;-)

Mar 20, 2012 08:25 AM #5
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker


I have published similar scam letters and received notes and emails from people who might otherwise have been scammed.

Thanks for this. You are really doing a public service. Not everyone has someone to talk to.


Mar 21, 2012 10:55 AM #6
Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

It's from the UN, it has to be right.  You know they protect us.  How could you not trust them.  I am going to send them your money right now. hehe

Mar 22, 2012 07:29 AM #7
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

I get them everyday ( several times a day )... I did have a coworker that fell for one a few years ago... I can't believe that there are some that still don't understand... "if it sounds too good to be true, it IS"

Mar 28, 2012 12:01 AM #8
Dee Mayers
Covina, CA
San Gabriel Valley, CA

Are you kidding me?  They can't get you with their promises of huge sums of money so they resort to trickery? Icarumba!!!

Mar 28, 2012 09:42 AM #9
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