E&E newswire reports today: (h/t to Rob Bradley)
U.N. agency latest front for prize letter scam
Katherine Ling, E&E reporter Published: Wednesday, 8-20-2014
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the “William J. Clinton Foundation” are giving away $900,000 — but first you need to send in your date of birth and marital status to obtain the prize.
The international organizations have become the latest front in a twist on a common email scam where friends in trouble in faraway places plead with colleagues to send funds overseas or Nigerian princes offer riches in exchange for a Social Security number and bank account number. The scam letters are known as the “Nigerian letter” or “419” fraud — the section of .
The scam letter says it has only been sent to “18 lucky recipients” and informs the receiver that the UNFCCC is awarding the “yearly award” of $900,000 to celebrate its 18th anniversary — the first contradiction in a series of red flags.
The prizes will be given for the recipient’s “personal business development and enhancement of their educational plans and to create awareness in their community on the dangers posed on our planet by climate change as a result of pollution and Environmental Degradation,” the letter says.
It includes an email code number and batch number to claim the award. The sender must give a full name, country, contact address, telephone number, fax number, marital status, occupation, date of birth, gender and alternative email to receive the prize.
William Briggs had a report on a variation of the scam back in 2010 involving Clinton and Nelson Mandela:
It seems the Clinton foundation is a regular target of such things, as this press release back in 2011 reports: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/main/news-and-media/press-releases-and-statements/press-release-alert-about-fraudulent-solicitations.html
Perhaps the scammers figure Clinton supporters are likely to be more gullible?