Truth in scamming

 

Despite the date, no, this is not an April Fools’ joke.

I found the following in my gmail spam today:

Pedro A. Bartzen pedrob@cascavel.pr.gov.br

This is a Scammed Victims Compensation by the UN for the sum of $400,000. If you have received this mail, get back to the Payout Bank representative Mr Mark Shawn for your funds with your personal details , by sending your Names, Telephone No and Address directly with the email below,

Contact Payout Bank Email : hboaf (email address removed by me. C.)
Regards,
Pedro A. Bartzen.
(UN Announcer)

I think the first four words sum up the intent of this message quite well “This is a scam…”. If this is indeed from the UN, why is it coming from a Brazilian email address and not the UN in New York? The return email address was from one of the many you can find without much digging, in this case “qq.com” which could be anywhere in the world, or nowhere.

The message mentions the amount of $400,000 but fails to say if that would all be for me, or if it is to be shared. I’m not greedy, but it would be nice to know. I think it is also very self-effacing of Pedro to simply describe himself as “UN Announcer” rather than some grandiose title as is more common with these scams.

Dear readers, if you receive this, delete it. Do not send your names, telephone number and address to these people. If you do so, the only people getting any money from this are the people involved and the money would be yours.

Enjoy your day and remember to hug an artist – we need love too.

Cat.

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