I received this scam email the other day and wanted to share it with you. The gist of the email is that the countries of the U.N. are upset by the Nigerian scams and are compensating victims with $50,000. According to this email, a Nigerian scammer submitted my name as a victim. Here are a few of the red flags in this email.

  1. This email is not addressed to me specifically, and at the end asks for my name and information. If my name is on a list as a victim, then why isn’t the letter addressed to me and why do I have to give my info?
  2. I’m not a victim of a Nigerian scam.
  3. Countries are broke and even if they weren’t, I still don’t think they’d compensate scam victims.
  4. It asks that I pay $90 to receive my $50,000. – This is the scam. A lot of people will sending $90 for $50,000 they’ll never receive. But not you, right?
  5. The letter is poorly written although it tries to sound official.

Actual email:

Reply To: (removed to protect you)
To:  (Email not addressed to me specifically. It’s a bulk mailing)
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 17:37:18 +0100

AMOUNT ;$50,000.00 USD.

I write to bring to your notice that I am one of the official delegate from the United Nations To UNION BANK to pay 1,000,000 (One Million ) scam victims $50,000.00 USD (Fifty Thousand Dollars Only) each. You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the beneficiaries to be paid this amount as compensation.

As a result of this laudable recommendations, it is imperative to bring to your notice that during the last U.N. meetings held at Manchester, England by all the Minister Of Finance Of All Countries, 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 redeem the good image of each country, the Secetary General of the U.N has ordered the payment of $50,000.00 USD each to the affected victims in pursuance with the U.N. recommendations. (Really? What country would be giving away money?)

Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in some banks in Nigeria, the payments are to be made by UNION BANK PLC
According to the number of applicants at hand, 539,094 Beneficiaries has been paid, 60% of the victims are from the United States, while about 40% are from other parts of the world. We still have more than 47% left to be paid the compensations of $50,000.00 USD each.

Your particulars was mentioned by one of the Syndicates who was arrested here in Lagos, Nigeria as one of their victims of the operations, (I’m not a victim of a Nigerian scam) you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him or to anybody for any reason what so ever as The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) (Motto: No Body is Above the Law) have combined effort with the United Nation Anti-crime commission to alleviate the plight of these victims as well as redeeming the image of the country.

Other victims who have not been contacted can submit their application as well for scrutiny and possible consideration.

Many Banks, Universal firms, Companies and individuals have been in bankruptcy today due to the activities of these hoodlums. However, a thorough investigation have revealed that these people have dropped Millions Of victims across the world, after collecting their money falsely, many as a result of this have committed suicide, while others are now living in abject poverty.

As regards these ongoing developmental strive, we have over 5000 suspects at hand, Many in prisons. While many are awaiting trial, we are still in search of others, who think they are wise, and hope that you will assist by giving any vital information that could lead to the apprehension of these hoodlums.

You would be receiving your compensation via ATM CARD as the U.N approved $50,000.00 USD for you, to which has been reprogrammed in to the ATM CARD prepared on your name.

All that is needed from you now to receive the ATM FUND CARD is the diplomatic courier services charges. (This is the scam…taking $90 from unsuspecting victims) Which is ($90.00 USD) Ninety U.S Dollars only. Again, don’t be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $90.00 US Dollars. The ATM FUND CARD will be insured for it not lost in transit to your home address.

I an official delegate of UNION BANK PLC /UNITED NATIONS SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS will call you as soon as the card is been ready for the courier service to send to you .I want you to know that immediately we receive your information your ATM SWIFT CARD has started been programmed and it will take 2working days for us to get every thing ready and we will inform you when the courier service will dispatch it to you.

Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your ATM CARD, you’re hereby advised only to be in contact with Mr. Paul Nelson at (removed) of the ATM CARD CENTRE who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation.

However, you are required to reconfirm your details.

The needed information is asked below:-


Congratulation in advance.

We Await Your Urgent Response.

Best Regards,
Mr. Paul Nelson



  1. sindi khumalo says

    how do i know the job offer for a research officer for the united nations welfare relief programme is legitimate

    1. LTruex says

      Does it ask for money? If it does, it’s not a job. Does it ask you to use your personal bank account to help it “process” payments? Then its not a job. Visit the Scam Page here are WAHS to learn more about screening for scams.

  2. Barry says

    Groooaaaann! They must think we all just arrived off of banana boats. Surely people don’t fall for these scams. Another red light is when they ask you to sell them a product but ask them to use their shipping company. I get it all the time.

    1. LTruex says

      Barry, you’d be surprised how many people do fall for it. That’s why they’re still around. It makes you wonder how people can sleep at night! Thank you for the comment!

  3. Ali Ahmed says

    I am scam victim for several times i recive scam messages from Negiria Africa. I payed tomuch money in these scam
    please send me U.nation /or central Bank to raise cliam.
    send me their e-mail. to send them my claim.

    1. LTruex says

      Hi Ali, Unfortunately, scammers aren’t that easy to contact. While they may use legitimate sounding names or the names of real businesses, they are fake and are difficult to find. You should contact the organization that handles fraud in your country. Here is information from the Federal Trade Commission on the Nigerian Scam.

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