You’d think scammers would realize we’re on to them and com up with new ideas. Sadly, people fall for the promises of free or easy money and are often too embarrassed to report it. I received yet another Western Union scam message recently and thought I’d share. Ms.Liza decided to combine a standard Western Union Scam with the United Nations Poverty Alleviation Scam.
From: Ms.Liza (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Congratulations!!! (Note: Exclamation points underscore urgency I suppose.)
WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER
MALAYSIAN PAY-OUT CENTER
Dear Western Union Beneficiary,
UNITED NATIONS PAYMENT NOTIFICATION.
We wish to inform you that the United Nations (UN) has authorized us to remit to you a total amount of $1,500,000.00 USD (One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). This amount is to be paid to you because of the fact that you were selected as a beneficiary in the Last E-mail ballot promotion Held in Malaysia, by United Nations Poverty Alleviation Program. This Program is inline with the Social responsibility of the United Nations Organization, which is held once Every year to change the living status of five (5) lives around the Globe. This year, yourself and Four (4) other people were randomly selected. On behalf of the United Nations Organization, we wish to congratulate you formally. The funds was paid out to us, by the United Nations, And they have successfully succeeded in depositing your whole funds with us Here at Western Union Malaysia. They have now ordered us to take full Responsibility in the transfer process of your funds and thus commence the Immediate remittance of your funds to you.
Be strongly informed that because Of our Western Union transfer policy, your funds will be paid to you via our Western Union Daily Transfer limit of $7,600.00 USD. This means that you will Continuously receive a daily amount of $7,600.00 USD from us, and this amount Can be collected from any of our numerous Western Union outlets in your Current location.
To begin receiving your daily payment as stated above, we need you to provide Us with; Your Full Name, Address, and Phone Number. Upon receipt of the Requested details, your first transaction will be activated by you, before we can proceed to provide you with the Money Transfer Control others after 24 hours of Receiving each payment.
For more information on your payment status; E-mail Mrs. Pamela Lee: email@example.com OR call our 24 hours Helpline @ +60.111.504.9770 for any inquiries on the above message. (Note: Another point of contact is yet another red flag – if you hadn’t realized the award is bogus before now.)
Mrs. Liza Amir (Note: In the email header, she’s listed as Ms. Liza. It’s minor, but is another red flag).
For: United Nations/Western Union, Malaysia.
You’d at least think scammers would get better translation software or use grammar check!
No random person will send you large sums of money for no reason. A large tip, maybe. A donation left in the mail, possibly. But when a message like this one arrives, it’s a big fake. Sorry.
Be safe and be smart.