We all get them. They have become the third certainty in life along with death and tax. Usually they are dull and boring. But occasionally one turns up in my inbox that is amusing in its brass necked confidence. Like this little gem... "UNITED NATIONS / WORLD BANK COMPENSATION UNIT. Attention: Beneficiary, How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family?, You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting for the passed 7 months which ended 2days ago with the then secretary to the UNITED NATION. This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS IN Affiliation with WORLD BANK have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$ 500,000.00. This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc. We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you,this have been agreed upon and have been signed. You are advised to contact Mr Jim Ovia of our paying center in Africa,as he is our representative in Nigeria, contact him immediately for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of USD$500,000.00. This funds are in a Bank Draft for security purpose ok? so he will send it to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice. Therefore,you should send him your full Name and telephone number your correct mailing address where you want him to send the Draft to you. Person to Contact: Mr Jim Ovia Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +234 8074595000 Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Bank Draft. Making the world a better place. Regards, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon." So has anyone else been emailed by such an august personage as the Secretary General of the UN claiming to be offering compensation for being scammed?