August 18, 2006

Yet a new kind of Nigerian scam?

Today when I opened my email I found the following email. I've been receiving so many different variations of the nigerian scam emails in the past two months that maybe I'm starting to see them even in emails that are not part of the scheme. But I dont know, this one does seem suspicious. It could be a well-executed attempt to attract a completely different audience. Instead of being directed at people that can be lured in with promises of easy money and appearances of the stupidity of their African partners, this email seems to target a perhaps even more gullible audience young kids with a strong social consciousness wanting to make the world a better place. What do you think?

Dear Friend,

My name is Maurin Kinsey, female, working with (WORLD YOUTH ORGANIZATION FOR HUMAN WELFARE) California, U.S.A. We are organizing a global youths combined conferences taking place from October 4th-6th 2006 at California in the United States and in ,Dakar Senegal from October 11th-13th 2006 .In our request to invite people from various countries around the world, I went in search of e-mails on the web site as a means of contacting youths and organizations .As a result, I picked your e-mail from an N.G.O`s website.

If you are interested to participate and want to represent your country, you may contact the secretariat of the organizing committee for details and information. You should also inform them that you were invited to participate by a friend of yours (Maurin Kinsey ), who is a member of the American Youths 4 Peace and a staff of (WORLD YOUTH ORGANIZATION FOR HUMAN WELFARE).

I believe that we may have the opportunity to meet if you may be willing to participate in this event. You can also inform youths & NGOs in your country about these conferences. The benevolent donors of the Organizing Committee will provide round trip air tickets and accommodation for the period of participants? stay in the U.S., to all registered participants.

If you are a holder of passport that may require visa to enter the United States you may inform the conference secretariat at the time of registration, as the organizing committee is responsible for all visa arrangements and travel assistances. Below is the contact address of the conference secretariat:

By Tel/Fax: 1-425-671-3781 or by email:

Please reply me Via.
Maurin Kinsey


As for my flight to São Paulo, I guess I should have waited to celebrate only after having arrived in São Paulo. The day after I had my ticket changed I received a text message from Varig telling me that my flight had been canceled and that I should call their sales center. There I was answered by an already stressed-out woman who proceeded to angrily explain to me how not only did my flight not exist but neither did I?! and that basically there was nothing I could do about it.
After I hung up with her I called the airport here where the people I had talked with the previous day had been much more friendly and helpful, and was in turn reassured that my flight did indeed exist, and that yes, no matter what, they would fly me to Sao Paulo on the 25th, whether it was on a Varig plane or another company. Go figure...


Blogger Matthew said...

It definitely has all the markings of a 411 scheme. Even though the person claims to be from a legit organization, it's mailed from a free account. Plus the broken English seems dubious for a US based organization.

The only reference to it I've found is on this site:

8/19/2006 10:08 PM  
Blogger Satibo said...

Hi, I was very happy when i received a similar email days ago but i search in internet and i called up to the organization and the hotel where i should stay and i noticed it was suspicious. Then i started to think that it could be a scam so i decided to search on internet and i found this Global youth organization for human welfare makes these kind of scams to get money. Thanks for posting this coz many people can read it and realize it is a fake org.

3/23/2007 11:29 AM  
Blogger donna said...

I got this email a week ago and as i read it, im pretty much excited about the incoming activity, So i reply to thetheir organization whether this is true or just a scam. When i got their reply, i noticed that it was suspicious. Imagine they are asking your:
1) Names exactly as in passport.
2) Passport Number.
3) Date of Birth.
4) Place of Birth.
5) Country of Residence
So i starting to doubt about it so i search online about this thing. As I found out in the different forums that this organization are really SCAM and they just want to get money to all of us.
So people please BEWARE of this SCAM.. This is NOT ALL TRUE!!

4/16/2007 5:01 AM  
Blogger Vidal said...

I did, in Spain, receive this email too. Moreover, I could have a similar description than the one you gave: young people with a strong social awareness...

Anything to say, just wish you all lots of luck, martin

4/18/2007 9:38 AM  
Blogger Tanja said...

Hello to everyone who might read this...
I received a similar e-mail i wrote back to them. Why? Becouse i am really curious to see how far will they go with this... It really surprises me to see that they are really working hard to pull this one off. So far i have received several e-mails, but no direct request for money. I wonder how long will it be 'till they ask me for it.
But, i must admitt, it's really interesting, the way they try to "earn" money i mean...
Still, i pretend to be very interested and stupid enough to fall for this scam. I'll see how this will develop. Keep you posted...

4/24/2007 5:58 PM  
Blogger alex said...

Hi thanks for giving me info on this. I just got their email today and I already replied to them thinking it was legitimate. I didn't think anything about it because I am a youth ambassador for my country so I get authentic letters at least once a month to attend different conferences worldwide. Thanks again for keeping us informed.

5/12/2007 12:26 AM  
Blogger Manik said...

Hi to all
I am Manik from India. Infect, I too have received the mail a day before and I wrote back to them, but till today, I did not received any mail. It is out my inquisitiveness about their activity and about their interest, I started searching the web but I did not find any valid link or website. The doubts spawned in my minds and I started to search the web rigorously and then I find this site. Thanks a lot developing this site. At least this will provide a direction to the blind youths about the scam.

6/26/2007 7:13 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

i'm stunned! i really don't know what to say. i received the same type of email,and i was almost fooled,untill i started searching on the net and couldnt find any direct link. PEOPLE THIS IS A SCAM, BE CAREFULL!!!!

7/04/2007 4:13 AM  
Blogger h.d.klerk said...

hi, unfortunately the hoax is still going on.
We received the same sort of invitation just this month (July 2007) and almost went for it.
We got all the documents returned with references to the US embassy in Denhaag Holland for picking up our visa’s etc..

As far as I’m concerned, the remaining question is: how to get rid of it?

So thanks for keeping this site alive and updated.

7/09/2007 12:57 PM  
Blogger samuel said...

Thank you everybody for this kind undertaking against acts of cruelty and dishonesty. I also received a similar e-mail today. I, however want to further warn you that these guys are doing a their research really well. For example, I dont know how they got to know that I am a student at Makerere University (a university in a third world country), the details of the course I was undertaking etc. I think we should also take care of the people around us as they could be involved some of these activities

7/13/2007 4:09 AM  
Blogger Butholezwe said...

I have also received a similar invitation for a workshop in California and Dakar,Senegal on the 21st-31st and 29th-31st August respectively. I am dead worried about this offer people. Please advise before we enter a terrible, typical Nigerian trap.

7/24/2007 9:25 AM  
Blogger juicyjay said...

I received the same e-mail - I'm from vancouver and am active in global health NGO's. unfortunately they are now preying on people who help others for their get-rich-quick schemes.

8/29/2007 6:24 PM  
Blogger ernie said...

At the ripe (but still youthful) age of 62 I was surprised to receive an offer of a free flight to this youth conference. My first response was to check it out, and this site was my first (and last) stop. My father, who grew up during the Great Depression, often said, "There ain't no free lunch." Never lose sight of the old adage that say "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!"

8/30/2007 9:07 AM  

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