Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Mr. Ban Ki-moon sends his apologies and a nice compensation package.

Okay, some of you may remember my sharing with you of a letter via e-mail which I received a while back: Dear God Could This Be For Real? Well, apparently... I was scammed! Yes! It's true! It was a scam!

I had no idea that reading that e-mail would constitute being scammed, but apparently so. Who knew?

I have wonderful news! A kindly gentleman in Africa by the name of Mr. Ban Ki-moon has been gracious enough to inform me of a nice compensation package that the United Nations has put together for me. Yes, little old me.

It's quite a package, may I add. I'll have money left over. I can finally pay off my house, my bills, buy some environmentally friendly vehicles that seat eight, I can go on vacation, I can take friends out to lunch, I can buy some underwear and bras and maybe some really cool outfits. The possibilities for me are endless.

All I have to say is, thank goodness I don't have to go to the slammer for anything. And... here is one prime example of how it pays to be scammed. Not to mention the fact that you don't need to be edumicated good to be in with the higher ups - though perhaps I shall use some of my small fortune to help educate my Mr. Ban Ki-Moon. )

Now, I hope you all will excuse me, I have some personal information to share with a Mr. Jim Ovia. (Crazy names these people have.)


Attention: My good friend, How are you today?
Hope all is well with you and
family?, You may not understand why this mail
came to you. We have been having a
meeting for the past 7 months which just
ended Few days ago with the secretary
to the UNITED NATIONS. This email is
to all the people that have been scammed in
any part of the world, the
UNITED NATIONS IN Affiliation with WORLD BANK have
agreed to compensate them
with the sum of US$ 500,000.00.

This includes every foreign
contractors that may have not received their
contract sum, and people that
have had an unfinished transaction or
international businesses that failed
due to Government problems etc. We found
your name in the list of those who
are to benefit from these compensation
exercise and that is why we are
contacting you, this have been agreed upon and
have been signed. You are advised to contact Mr Jim Ovia of our paying center in Africa, as he is our representative in Nigeria, contact him immediately for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of USD $500,000.00.

This funds are in a Bank Draft for security purpose ok?, so he will send it
to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice. Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number your correct mailing address where you want him to send the Draft to you. Contact Mr. Jim Ovia immediately for your Cheque at the given address below:

Bank Name: Zenith Bank

I apologize on behalf of my organization for any delay you might have
encountered in receiving your fund in the past. Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Bank Draft. Making the world a better place.

Ban Ki-Moon.


JamaGenie said...

Scamming gullible Americans is the main growth industry in Nigeria these days. 48 Hours or Dateline did a story on it recently. Lately I've been getting emails from someone claiming to be a barrister in the UK telling me I've won the British or Irish Lottery. If these people ever polish their English grammar and start using registered letters, more people would fall for it. But an email saying I've won a lottery I never entered? Puhleeeese....

dustjacket attic said...

Hi there, Wow what a letter hmmm!

I loved the carol burnett clips, she is just so talented!

great site btw.

Marie Reed said...

Aren't these scam emails truly frightening! I have received sooo many mails from long lost relatives who have decided to leave their estate to me. All I have to do is send them all of my banking information! :) Great blog! I'm over from Saturday's Child!

JamaGenie said...

It really is frightening that there are enough people who fall for these scams that the scammers know it works. Personally I'd like to see a "DoNotSendScam" register similar to the "DoNotCall" register. Gmail is pretty good about sticking them in the Junk Mail folder, but why should they have to do *anything* with them?

The irony is, because I've been researching my family tree for years, I *know* there are no long-lost rich relatives who'd be leaving me money. (I wish...) Also nada on the emails that say I've won the [insert country] lottery!

bing said...

i think it is not only the Americans who are targets of these scam emails. i, for one, had received and is still receiving a lot. one day, upon receiving one scam email, i sent back a reply and insert a short 'really?' note. my friend laughed at the nonsense.. :-D

Frieda Babbley said...

@Jama The IRISH Lottery? Now that's a new one. Where do they find us anyway. Puhleeeese is right. And I stand by what I said, I'd send Mr. Ban Ki-Moon to school. I'm thinking The Zoolander School for Kids That Can't Read Good, =0

@dustjacket Yes quite the letter. I've had a few. Never an Irish Lottery like JamaGenie though. Now THAT would be a funnier letter. A bit more enjoyable. I'm glad you like my little blog. As you can see I've changed themes now that it's no longer the fourth. I LOVE your blog. I'll be visiting it quite often I think.

@JamaGenie The lost relatives are a hoot. Even better the ones that don't know you but want to bequeeth everything to you anyway. I mean really. And yes, I'm very glad mine goes directly into junkmail, but you're right, it is quite a waste of time for anyone to have to deal with them.

@bing It is nonsense, isn't it? I'm glad you commented because I was wondering about that. I wonder then if they send it to their own countryfolk as well. Of course not, I suppose that would be stupid, but one never knows.

dustjacket attic said...

Thank you so much for your great comments, have left comment back at mine too.

Love the your header picture and layout!

Frieda Babbley said...

Thanks dustjacket attic. I'll be right over to check. Your blog is to die for. Where DO you find those pictures? Very inspiring. I can't get that Wizard of Oz post out of my mind. Fantastic. You're very creative. Glad Jama mentioned you!

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