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Scam Email received June 28, 2018 from moolfranklin@gmail.com

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ATTENTION: – moolfranklin@gmail.com

SUNTRUST BANK 44256 First Colony Blvd, California, MD 20619, USA ATTENTION: This is to officially inform you that the UNITED NATIONS AUDITORS have authorized SUN TRUST BANK to approve your fund for immediate release. You are advise to reconfirm the following details: Full Name Phone/Mobile number Full Address As soon as the above information is received for verification purpose, I will forward your file to the payment authority for final approval and prompt release of your fund without any further delay. This process will take only 48 working hours as soon as we hear from you. I look forward to hear from you. Sincerely, MR.JOHN HART SUNTRUST BANK moolfranklin@gmail.com

The above email is a scam. If you still think is legitimate, but you’re still concerned, then follow these steps:

Ten Minutes 10 minutes.

How to check if you received a scam email

  1. Google the details.

    Do a Google search for the persons name/company name that the email has come from.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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”

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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