Attention: Listed Beneficiary. firstname.lastname@example.org
Scam Email received June 20, 2018 from email@example.com
Attention: Listed Beneficiary.
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Attention: Listed Beneficiary.
Attention: Listed Beneficiary. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Of The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Secretariat Complex,Shehu Shagari way, Abuja. Attention: Listed Beneficiary. Sir, PRESIDENTIAL PREROGATIVE: Urgent transmitted Presidential order. You are hereby notified of a presidential fiat from the state&s house that all contractors whose funds are not paid can now receive a Presidential prerogative from the President of the federal government of Nigeria. The prerogative will come through an affidavit of authorization from the beneficiary. Therefore, you are entitled to produce an affidavit from a competent court authorizing the deduction of your fees from the principal amount. Sequel to the above and to avoid misinformation regarding to this prerogative, you are advised to contact this office immediately for the procedural detail. This exercise is quarterly and recipients are advised to get your authorization within 14 working days from the publication of this Presidential fiat. This is in line with the presentation of the President of Nigeria during the recent meeting with government of the United States of America and G7 governments to ensure the facilities and aid relationship with the government and people of Nigeria. This is a Presidential fiat and government is bent on realizing this objective of remaining fervent in the face of the international community against corruption. You are therefore requested to confirm your detail and receive your fund without any delay after due application and presentation of the affidavit of authorization to deduct any charge at all offending the release of your fund. Thank you. Engr. Babachir David Lawa. Secretary to the government of Federation, (SGF) Email: email@example.com cc: The Presidency. firstname.lastname@example.org
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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”