It has been the summer of daft emails for Thinking about Crime – perhaps the very hot weather has kept all of the scammers indoors even more than usual, crafting their approaches. Hoping to appeal to my vanity and to my (to be fair, not exactly secret) wish to become involved in AML at a strategic level, several fraudsters have approached me pretending to be from the UN. And it seems that my professional expertise is much in demand – although I am not alone, when you read the email…
Dear Invitee, Nonprofit/NGO Colleague,
United Nations General Assembly is convening a four-day Global Summit of Economists, Educationists, Administrators, Manufacturers, International Finance, Corporate Finance, Researchers,, Religious Leaders, Organizations, lawyer and law firm,individuals,Ambassador , Permanent Representative from the public and Private Sector from 25 – 28 September, 2018 in London (UK) to assess the worst global economic down turn since the Great Depression. The aim is to identify emergency and long-term responses to mitigate the impact of the crisis, especially on vulnerable populations, and initiate a needed dialogue on the transformation of the international financial architecture, taking into account the needs and concerns of all countries of the world. You are invited to take part in the International Conference.
The United Nations summit coming up in September was mandated at the Follow-up International Conference on Financing for held in June 2009 in New-York. Member States requested the General Assembly to organize the meeting “at the highest level”.
Registration to this Conference is absolutely “free” As an invitee, you have received a registration code UN/11416/2018-UNA-UK with the invitation letter, which grants you access to the registration form.
The United Nations General Assembly will sponsor free travel costs and all-round flight tickets for all participant. Invited participants will only be responsible for their hotel accommodation and feeding cost at the Queen Gate Hotel London. The International Convention & Exhibition Centre (ICC) London, United Kingdom is the venue of this summit, while the Queen Gate Hotel London has been officially designated to accommodate all participant for this unique and prestigious global financial and economic crisis summit. If you require an entry visa to London (UK) to attend this meeting, United Nations General Assembly will help you to obtain a visa so easily once you confirm your registration.
For further details about registration form,visa,flight ticket and other details, write an acceptance letter to be part of this event and send it directly email to United Nations Secretary-General – UK, Ms. Natalie Samarasinghe: email@example.com
We look forward to meeting you at the forthcoming Global Financial and Economic Crisis conference. UK action. Stronger UN. Better world.
Mrs. Karen Pierce,
United Nations Officer.
42 St John’s Square,
London EC1M 4EA,
Tel: +44(0) 752 06 28673
Fax: +44(0) 872 75 10220
The point of it all, of course, is that email address: I am encouraged to send my professional information to Natalie (who really does exist) by email – thereby confirming that my email address is active, and no doubt earning myself a place on a suckers’ list for future approaches. Therefore, tempted as I am to discuss the global economic downturn in such august company, and with my travel paid for by the UN (perhaps I should fly via New York rather than simply getting the train down to London…), I shall resist.
I’m off on my hols tomorrow, for a fortnight, and so this blog will go eerily silent – it’s not because I am speaking at a UN conference assessing the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Normal service will resume on Friday 14 September 2018.