I just got another email (see below) purporting to be from a United Nations source, this one supposedly from Carol Bellamy, “an executive director of UNICEF.” The email asks people to nominate themselves to attend a youth conference in The Netherlands and South Africa. No dates, no website, no details on the agenda or purpose. All the email tells you is that (1) the conference is free, (2) participants will be fully funded to travel to the conference and (3) will receive visas to travel.
The best part is that the conference is sponsored by “UNICEF, USAID, WHO, UNESCO, the United Nations Security Council and First Ladies of Presidents of United Nations.” Wow, that’s an impressive list of sponsors, particularly since the UN has no president and thus no “First Ladies of Presidents.”
And about Carol Bellamy. She was executive director of UNICEF from 1995-2005. The current executive director is Ann M. Veneman. Ms. Bellamy certainly was not also a “youth director” nor “U.N.H.C.R. staff” (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) nor World Vision director to Canada.
Again, what’s the scam? It’s a puzzlement. I’ll apply to attend and let you know.
And now, here’s the spam…..
Subject: UNICEF INVITES YOU!!
Date: April 9, 2006 3:48:31 AM EDT
I am Carol Bellamy, an Executive Director of UNICEF. I love making Friends from all around the world, most especially honest individuals. I saw your ID in www.penpals.com. I work in my organisation as a Youth director and also for the U.N.H.C.R as Staff in the refugee department, and also served the World vision as director to Canada two years ago.
I Would love to meet you in person so that we can uplift the plight of children and youths in the less developed countries such as Africa and Asia and see how best we can make the world a better place to live in. It is my pleasure to tell you that there is a youth Conference coming up soon both in the Netherlands and South Africa respectively.
This conference is Free; the Sponsors will be responsible for your air ticket, both in the Netherlands and South Africa and the Conference committee will also fax a letter to the Netherland embassy in your country-so do not worry about Visa. This conference is sponsored annually by UNICEF, USAID, WHO,UNESCO, the United Nations Security Council and First Ladies of Presidents of United Nations. All you have to do is to apply to the conference Office telling them that you want to attend the youth Conference that will be taking place in both the Netherlands and South Africa.
Send your applications to:
Tell them that I recommended you.
I would love to see you there.
God bless you. Have a nice day!