Former President Harry S Truman once said, "The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its nations." As an aside, Truman's middle initial does not have a period after it as it's a ceremonious initial and not an abbreviation for a middle name that he doesn't have, but I digress.
Anyhow, those who have followed some of that body's struggles to resolve many of the world's most serious international problems, will laugh when they read today's submission to the Spam Report. Global warming, Syria, conflict minerals cannot draw a world consensus, but according to the emailed missive below, the UN can give you $3.5 million if you've ever been scammed before.
The premise of this is so ridiculous but it does provide a specific concrete clue/red flag to watch out for in the future. Never give your ATM or bank account information to someone you don't know.
So, please don't fall for this email I got this summer.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 3:49 PM
After the United Nations Executive General Meeting in New York Today, with the representatives of International community from over 150 countries around the world, The Board has unanimously approved to grant compensation award to those that have lost their money due to scam or failed contract/ economic meltdown that have affected individuals and corporation around the world.
We are happy to inform you that you are the lucky beneficiary of the compensation award $3,500,000.00. (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars. With payment approval number (UN/p3976xz/2013) Contact our appointed payment Centre in London or USA for your immediate payment.
Note to submit the below details to the payment office for the processing of your payment.
1, Full Name
2, complete address
4, Copy of your ID
You are requested to indicate your requested mode of payment, chose any of the option below.
1, ATM CARD PAYMENT
2, WIRE TRANSFER
Make sure you submit the above details with your payment approval number as stated above.
UN Claim Office
760 United Nations Plaza
New York, New York 10017
Dr. Fuchs Wolfgang
UN Payment Director
United Nations Regional
Centre for Western Europe
(UNRIC), London United Kingdom
Contact Person. Sir Edward Brown
United Nations Development Programme.
Al Mushref Area, Behind Kuwait embassy.
Abu Dhabi-United Arab Emirates.
United Nations Secretary General
United Nations Executive Board Chairperson United Nations Compensation payment Board