The United Nations has money for you.

The United Nations has money for you.

This charming piece of good news arrived this morning. It seems that the United Nations has seen fit to enter us in a lottery in the UK and by some strange stroke of good fortune, we’ve won $550,000.

From: United Nations [mailto:info@un.org]
Sent: Friday, January 07, 2011 11:32 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: YOU HAVE A NEW MESSAGE (UNITED NATIONS)

This is to officially notify you that you have been selected as one of the few beneficiary of 2010 United Nations in Collaboration with Uk national lottery 65th anniversary Compensation.You have been compensated with $550,000.00USD by United Nations as a sign to help the less privilege worldwide.You are to confirm the following information from Chris Alabi.

Email:intercontinentalbank.cstomer@gmail.com

Contact Dr.Chris Alabi only with the email above.

Full Names (Surname First),Current Address.Country .Telephone .Age.

Contact him immediately with the requested information above for your International Bank Draft of USD$ 550,000.00 USD. Have a nice day and Hope you use this Money Wisely Regards, BAN KI-MOON (General Secretary UnitedNations)

Could this be a Fraud ?

From: United Nations [mailto:info@un.org]

The United Nations does indeed have a website and it address is UN.ORG, but wait. Said website provides this page: http://www.un.org/en/aboutun/fraudalert/ which clearly warns “The United Nations does not offer prizes, awards, funds, certificates, scholarships or conduct lotteries through e-mail, mail or fax.”. This is beginning to look suspicious.

Sent: Friday, January 07, 2011 11:32 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:

Undisclosed Recipients. We are fairly certain that is not our name.

Subject: YOU HAVE A NEW MESSAGE (UNITED NATIONS)

Here they have taken to shouting at us. We had always assumed the United Nations to be a more reserved group.

What is it they are shouting about? Ah, we have a new message andĀ for some inexplicable reason they felt it necessary to place their name in parentheses. Our little email flag and associated “Ding” had already informed us as to the arrival of a new message, so it didn’t bear repeating. They had informed us back at From: as to their identity. Perhaps shouting it lends credibility.

This is to officially notify you that you have been selected as one of the few beneficiary of 2010 United Nations in Collaboration with Uk national lottery 65th anniversary Compensation.

Odd little sentence. Unique use of capitalization, note the uppercase letter C on collaboration and compensation and the lowercase k in UK. The phrase “few beneficiary” might make one think that the writer and English were on less than familiar terms. Does “2010 United Nations in Collaboration with Uk national lottery 65th anniversary Compensation” strike you as a rather odd name for a lottery? It does us. Curiouser and curiouser.

You have been compensated with $550,000.00USD by United Nations as a sign to help the less privilege worldwide.

Again, a clear lack of understanding of the basics of English. Use either $550,000 or 550, 000 USD, with ‘$’ being the more common method, not both. In addition, an employee of the United Nations would know it’s the United Nations.

The phrase “as a sign to help the less privilege worldwide” is awkward at best, not to mention that the term should be “less privileged”. Are they implying that we are among the less privileged or that perhaps we should use the money for that purpose.

A great organization such as the United Nations would clearly have a legal staff to remove such ambiguities.

You are to confirm the following information from Chris Alabi.

Alas, Chris Alabi has provided us no information to confirm.

Email:intercontinentalbank.cstomer@gmail.com

Unbelievable, for all their resources, the United Nations is forced to communicate through a poorly spelled Gmail address. This severely cutrails their credibility.

Contact Dr.Chris Alabi only with the email above.

We searched for Dr. Chris Alabi on the United Nations web page and they seem not to know him.

Full Names (Surname First),Current Address.Country .Telephone .Age.

This, we believe, is a poorly formatted form.

Contact him immediately with the requested information above for your International Bank Draft of USD$ 550,000.00 USD. Have a nice day and Hope you use this Money Wisely Regards, BAN KI-MOON (General Secretary United Nations)

Ban Ki-Moon is a real person but he is not the General Secretary of the United Nations. He is, however, the Secretary-General of the United Nations. He is also an articulate speaker. In his speech, he seems to neglect mentioning the “2010 United Nations in Collaboration with Uk national lottery 65th anniversary Compensation”. An oversight, perhaps. If we venture beyond the capitalization, punctuation. monetary confusionĀ and grammar errors contained in this missive, do we honestly believe that the Secretary-General of the United Nations has nothing more pressing to do than to deliver lottery winnings to people he doesn’t know?

No, we are afraid we do not.

Lastly view http://www.un.org itself. Clearly the work of a superior writer, unlike our correspondent.

We’re afraid that if you’ve sent your information to Dr. Chris Alabi, you’ve been victimized by a Fraud. We hope that you haven’t spent any of the $550,000 as it may be a long time before it arrives and we sincerely hope that you didn’t send them any money to defray costs.

Join us again tomorrow, when we examine the case of “A Lottery Present From Microsoft” here at HowToSpotAFraud.com.

That is all.

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