Oh fun, got a scam email today from the "National Conference Against Racism Discrimination and Safety." First off, how can you be against safety? LOL.
It’s got the typical weirdness: bad English, a phone number that doesn’t correspond to the address, and an offer too-good-to-be-true-because-it-isn’t. In this case, an all-expense-paid trip to Dubai. The only really surprising bit is that they actually have a website at ncards.org. The website is an impressive imitation of a professional NGO / non-profit institutional site. However it has the same dodgy English, vague mandate, and wrong contact information. A quick Google map search confirms that their address 1735 Pennsylvania Avenue does not exist.
It’s interesting that this scam would go so far as to actually create a fairly complicated website to lend authenticity to their claims. Impressive. It’s registered to a group in Dubai.
Sounds like it’s time to put on my fedora and trenchcoat again. The actual email below….
Subject: SPECIAL INVITATION
Date: June 8, 2006 5:17:35 AM EDT
NATIONAL CONFERENCE AGAINST RACISM DESCRIMINATION AND SAFETY
1735 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 600 Washington, DC 20006
Phone: +1 – 3146898909
www.ncards.org / email@example.com
It is with great enthusiasm we are the members of NATIONAL CONFERENCE AGAINST RACISM DISCRIMINATION AND SAFETY. (NCARDS) in United States invites organizations, youths and youth-focused organizations to take an active role in the forthcoming International conference taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The forthcoming conference with the topics Racism and Discrimination, Students Against Destructive Decision and Stop HIV/AIDS infection, Global Conference Against Violence and Terrorism, Political, social economic problems in Africa and Asia countries will take place on 19th -24th of June ,2006 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
We believe this is an incredible opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and organizations in the promotion and development of proactive youth involvement and healthy environment in our communities. I am one of the regional organizers of the above coming events. We picked your e-mail address from the website forwarded to us by the Arabian and African Students Association in the U.S.A.
Our independents donors in United States of American will only finance all round flight tickets, feedings and your United Arab Emirates entry Permit Visa which will allow every interested Participant to enter into the city of Dubai. Participants are only required to make reservation at any of the organization approved hotel in United Arab Emirates for the conference in Dubai.
The organizing committees will process the United Arab entry visas for all participants requiring visa to enter into the country of United Arab Emirates.
The visas will be processed in the Dubai by the Bureau of citizenship and immigration services of United Arab Emirates, immigration Department. The Visa will be sent to you after all the vital documents includes clearances letter from your country law enforcement agency, the hotel reservation in U.A.E and other required documents by the NCARDS ORGANIZATION for the approval of your visa collection from the hotels in Dubai, which we will give the order to apply for all participant entry permit visa.
A copy of the entry permit visa will be send by the hotel in Dubai where the participant has chosen to make his reservation. We are only giving rooms for existing and active organizations to participate in these events as chance are limited. We therefore ask interested organization to forward the below following necessary requirements to us in order to start to process their visa arrangement by the hotel in Dubai.
(i) Aims and objectives of the Organization.
(ii) Organizations profile.
Send your response to the secretary organizing committee to apply for participating in these events. Only Five to seven members will be allowed to participate from each of the selected countries. Individuals who do not belong to any organization but are interested to participate should form a group of five people and forward their names and passport numbers to organizing committee.
This invitation is sponsoring by: NCARDS ORGANIZATION: any further information regarding the registration email the organizing committee us at (firstname.lastname@example.org )
MISS CANDY POWELL
I’m in! I wanna go to Dubai!