Is this the world’s craziest Nigerian email scam?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Here’s an email scam (also known as a 419 scam, or a “letter from Nigeria”) that appeared in our spam traps earlier today.

It’s hard to believe that people fall for these kind of email scams, but they do.

But this one takes the biscuit, because it’s so barking mad.

If you are fool enough to believe the email, then you’ll think that the United Nations has been meeting for seven months deciding on how to compensate the millions of people around the world who have been scammed in the past.

Their answer? Two hundred and fifty thousand American dollars. Well, that’s jolly nice of them, especially in these days of credit crunch…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.