Today’s scam of the day comes, as many do, from my own email although I am sure many of you have seen this as well popping up in your own email. It appears to be an email from the non-existent United Nations Scam Compensation Board, which promises to compensate scam victims for everything they may have lost. In addition, these full service scammers also provide loans if you need one. As counterfeit emails go, this one appears pretty good as it comes under an official United Nations logo. Somewhat puzzling are places to click at the bottom of the email to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Here is the text of the letter
“Have you been scammed? Are you talking to a scammer? Have you ever lost a property online to fraudsters? We have created a Board to compensate all your loss 100%. We Have agents ready to help you file your loss case and get a FULL refund. If your COMPANY have been also scammed whether a small or big business, we will help you get a compensation. We listen to all scam cases e.g Romance scam, Email Fraud, Hacked bank account scams, Basically all kind of scams. Our Agents will create a case ID for you immediately and collect the necessary requirements. You will be forwarded to the reimbursement team within 24 hours.
WE ALSO PROVIDE LOAN TO BUSINESS(ES) AND INDIVIDUALS
Do you need loan for your business or for personal purposes? We have a partner loan company that will take your requests. Reply this email with your loan requirements and a loan agent will take your request, forward it to the loan team and you will get a response all within 24 hours. If you need a very big loan, add that to your request, we will collect the required information, verify and endorse your request for faster approval. Thanks
Scott James (UNSCB)”
Anyone clicking on the links provided in the email to be connected to an agent would only end up providing personal information to a scammer that would enable the scammer to make the person responding to the email a scam victim again. A Google search would easily show that there is no United Nations compensation board. In addition, no agency can possibly guarantee that they can refund you the entire amount that you lost to a scammer. Also, if the board was able to provide you with the entire amount that you had lost to a scam, why would you need to apply to them for a loan. This scam is a good example of an email that looks legitimate, but when you read what it says, there is nothing that would give the slightest indication that it is to be trusted.
If you find yourself a victim of a scam, you should report the scam to your local police, the consumer protection of your state attorney general, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Never provide personal information to anyone unless you are absolutely sure they are legitimate.