I know that this has oft-been mentioned on the blogs…but I couldn’t resist sharing. I opened my inbox the other day and saw this. Ordinarily I would just delete it but something in the subject line caught my eye – ‘Compensation.’ Out of curiosity I decided to take a look and I had a good chuckle as I read this while trying to dodge the arrows that kept flying at me through the computer screen*.
The gist of this is to make you believe that if you have been scammed before the Nigerian government is willing to compensate you (generously) for what you lost to the scammers. Translation – if you have been scammed before, prepare to be scammed again. My take on this if you have been scammed before and you fall for this (at the risk of sounding callous), you need serious professional help!!!
I think something must be said for the mere audacity of ‘Mr Iyamah Sylvanus’, if only the time and creativity put into this used for something more honorable and positive.
*Blowing arrows is a term familiar to many young Nigerians and it means speaking or writing with grammatical errors…it should not be taken to mean that arrows were actually flying out of the computer screen.
From: “UNITED NATIONS ECOBANK COMPENSATION PAYMNT UNIT”
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 08:44:16 -0800
Subject: SCAMED VICTIM/PAYMENTS CODE:06654ECOBANK/UNITED NATIONS 2006 COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTSDIRECTORATTN:
SCAMED VICTIM/1 MILLION BENEFICIARY.REF/PAYMENTS CODE:06654 1MILLION USD
This is to bring to your notice that I am the United Nations to Central bank Nigeria to pay 100 Nigerian 419 scam victims $1 Million each, you are listed and approved for this payments as one of the scammed victims,get back to as soon as possible forthe immediate payments of your $1 Millioncompensations funds.
On this faithfull recomendations, I want you to know that during the last UN meetings held at Abuja,Nigeria, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world in the meetings on the lose of funds byvariouse foreigners to the scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today,in other to retain the good image of the country,the president of the country is now paying 100 victims of this operators $1Million USD each, Due to the corrupt and inefficient banking systems in Nigeria,the payments are to be paid by Central bank Nigeria as corressponding paying bank under fundling assistance by the National westminsterbank london.
According to the number of applicants at hand,84beneficiaries has been paid ,half of the victims arefrom the United States,we still have more 20 left tobe paid the compensations of $1 Million each.Your particulars was mentioned by one of thesyndicates who was arrested in Lagos Nigeria as oneof thier victims of the operations,you are herebywarned not to communicate or duplicate this message tohim for any reason what so ever,the US secret serviceis already on trace of the criminal.
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You can receive your compensations payments via any ofthe both options you choose,DRAFT PAYMENTS or WIRETRANSFERS, I shall feed you with further modalities assoon as I hear from you and for immediate response reply to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org