The payload of this message is in a text-only attachment. The message itself claims to be from the cs.com domain, which is CompuServe, and it's possible that's where it entered the mail stream. The reply-to address for the message is the same as in the attachment, belonging to an Internet service provider in Mongolia. The country code for the phone number, 234, is Nigeria.
The accusation that U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke wants to steal your money — and put it into his personal bank account — makes for an amusing touch.
Don't open attachments in emails like this or click any links. Instead, delete immediately.
From: "UNITED NATION" email@example.com
Subject: DEAR UNPAID BENEFICIARY (Read The Message Attached For Details )
Date: September 16, 2011 4:21:09 PM PDT
There was no message body. Here's the attachment:
UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL OVERSIGHT SERVICES
Internal Audit, Monitoring,Consulting and Investigations Division
From: Ms.Carman L.Lapointe
Dear Unpaid Beneficiary
This is to inform you that I came to Nigeria yesterday from London,after series of complains from the FBI and other Security agencies from Asia, Europe,Oceania, Antarctica,South America and the United States of America respectively,against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the British Government for the rate of scam activities going on in these two nations.I have met with President GoodLuck of Nigeria who claimed that he has been trying his best to make sure you receive your fund in your account.
Right now,as directed by our secretary general Mr. Ban Ki-Moon,We are working in collaborations with the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and have decided to waive away all your clearance fees/Charges and authorize the Government of Nigeria to effect the payment of your compensation of an amount of $10.5M approved by both the British/United States government and the UN into your account without any delay.The only fee you will pay to confirm your fund in your account is your Court Notarization fee to the UN.
Sincerely,you are a lucky person because I have just discovered that some top Nigerian and British Government Officials are interested in your fund and they are working in collaboration with One Mr.Ben S.Bernanke and others from USA to frustrate you and thereafter divert your fund into their personal account.
I have a very limited time to stay in Nigeria here so I would like you to urgently respond to this message with your full name, full address,direct phone number so that I can advise you on how best to confirm your fund in your account within the next 72 hours.Contact me immediately on this Cell Phone:+234-708 5781753 or email me on this firstname.lastname@example.org
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight.
Cell Phone:+234-708 5781753