Scams operating under the guise of a charity.
#11511 by Dora Fri Jul 10, 2009 11:28 am
I received this scam email yesterday:

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From the Desk of Mr.Rekha Thapa
Executive Secretary
The United Nations Population Fund
Dear Beneficiary,
Based on the random selection exercise of internet websites and millions of supermarket cash invoices worldwide, your email address has been selected among the seven lucky recipients to receive the award sum of £850,000.00 as donation/aid from the UNFPA international program.The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA, in conjunction with UAE and the European Union (EU) is giving out these funds to various individuals for business, educational and Community development
Please note that your Qualification numbers (P-333-7858,B-011-67) falls within our European office in UNITED KINGDOM. In view of this, your £850.000(Eight hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterlings) would be released to you by of our payment offices in Europe upon contact with them.
Endeavour to contact the UNFPA office in UNITED KINGDOM with your Qualification numbers (P-333-7858,B-011-67) for onward processing of your donation funds.Do find the contact information of the officer in charge of claims as stated below:
Mr Marcus Lambert
United Nations Population Fund,
King Charles Street,London SW1A 2AH,
Email:[email protected]
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On behalf of UNFPA, kindly accept our congratulations.
Yours faithfully,
Hatcher Vanessa
Donation/Aid Co-ordinator

The United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) is a legitimate organization and the link in the email does take you to the real site. However there are several things wrong with this email that shows this is a scam.

First, the email is being sent by someone with access to a legitimate email address from the Dougherty County School System in Albany, GA, USA. The headers have been examined and there is no evidence of spoofing. Chances are good the email account has been hijacked by scammers and is being used without the owner's knowledge. The school system has been notified.

Next, note that you are suppose to reply to this address: [email protected]. This organization does not use free (Microsoft) email addresses. From the contact page here: you can see that all legitimate email addresses from this organization use

Also, here is no way a legitimate organization would randomly email strangers (note this email is not addressed to anyone specifically and certainly not me) and tell them they have been awarded any grants. I did not apply for anything with this organization nor have I ever had any contact with them. I have also notified the UNFPA of this email.

Inevitably, if I did respond, there would be 'fees' I would have to pay and then there would never be any money for me. This is a SCAM!

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