The Nigerian email scam has been with us as long as there has been email. In fact, the scam is just the latest incarnation of a scam that was used as long ago as the 1500s when it was called the Spanish Prisoner Scam. By now, hopefully, everyone is familiar with how the scam works. Under various pretenses, you are promised a huge windfall of money at no cost to you. However once you have communicated with the scammers, you soon learn that there are various costs to you that suddenly arise for things such as taxes, processing fees, bribes and other reasons. Many individuals have lost huge sums of money chasing the pot of gold that never comes.
Today’s email, which is reproduced below has an interesting twist. It promises $15,500,000 allegedly for payment of a scam victim compensation fund even though I have not been victimized by any such scam, however, the twist is that I will be paid through a debit card that I can only use through ATM withdrawals of a maximum of $5,000 per day which means that in order to fully access the funds it would take me more than eight years of daily withdrawals to take out the entire amount.
Here is a copy of the email I received.
“United Nation Organization Reports & Publications Department 760 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017, USA.
RE: DOCKET NO. OP 292.
We wish to inform you that your payment valued at US$15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) with the United Nations Security Council and IMF recovered from a Bank in Nigeria as an unpaid Inheritance fund/Scam victim Compensation fund with an accrued interest belonging to you has been approved to be released to you without any delays.
We have mandated the Inter-Switch Card Nigeria Limited to issue you an ATM VISA Debit Card which you will use to withdraw this US$15,500,000.00 from any ATM machine in your country or in any part of the world but the maximum amount you can withdraw in a day should between US$3,000.00 to US$5,000 only.
You are strongly advised to contact the operation manager of Inter-Switch Card Nigeria Limited MR. SAM MBA via his open access email address: info@interswitch-UBA.zzn.com OR email@example.com and email him your release code ATMPMT09812 to enable him confirm and send you the ATM VISA Debit Card or do you want it by Bank to Bank transfer?
For more directives.
Lastly you are warned to disregard other contact or any communication you have with other offices regarding this same fund. We are sorry for the plight you have gone through in the past.
Thanks for adhering to this instructions.
MR. Kiyotaka Akasaka
Public Information Officer”
As always, you should never respond to one of these emails because if you do, you only alert the scammer that they have a real person with whom they are dealing. You don’t get something for nothing. You don’t win contests that you have not entered and you do not get compensation from victims’ funds where you have not been a victim. By the way, the real Kiyotaka Akasaka is a United Nations diplomat. The real Kiyotaka Akasaka is not involved in anyway with this scam.
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