Attention Beneficiary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scam Email received June 28, 2018 from email@example.com
Other emails used:
Attention Beneficiary: – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent from: Mark Lawson Attention Beneficiary:Congratulations!, We have officially approved the immediate release of your funds under section 116, code 1973.Confirmation of your personal information/identification and processing of your fund release into your designated bank account. Please re-confirm your Bank personal information below:1. Full names.. 2. Age and Status 3. Address.. 4. Occupation.. 5. Telephone numbers: 6. Bank name 7. Bank address. 8. Account number.. 9. Bank Swift code..This is in accordance with the Financial Service Authority of United Kingdom Government on transfer, which is to protect and avoid misappropriation of funds. It is hereby put to your kind awareness that payment will be effected swiftly upon receipt of your identifications. Moreover, be assured that in line with our principles of efficiency, transparency and satisfaction, we will handle the affair of your fund release with the highest level of professionalism and discretion to ensure that you receive your funds within the shortest possible time without further delay or hindrances. Your cooperation is needed to serve you better. Regards Mr. Mark Lawson Senior Executive Financial Service Authority of United Kingdom Government on transfer E-mail (email@example.com) firstname.lastname@example.org
The above email is a scam. If you still think is legitimate, but you’re still concerned, then follow these steps:
Most of us know someone who is vulnerable to these types of attacks. Fortunately, if you’re aware of the presence of these scams, and armed with some basic knowledge on identifying them, you can greatly reduce your chances people you know becoming a victim. Please help them by sharing this information on Facebook or Twitter using the #telltwo and #takefive hashtags.
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How to check if you received a scam email
- Google the details.
Do a Google search for the persons name/company name that the email has come from.
- Confirm the details.
Visit their website and look for a phone number or email address. Search for the website yourself. Do not assume the details in the email are valid.
- Confirm using the information you have found
Using the details you have researched, call or email the business and ask them to verify the information within the email.
- Check if the email has been sent to multiple people
Google snippets of the email text to see if the same format has been used in the past. eg “Army officer from Syria but now living with the United Nations on asylum”