Scam Email received July 5, 2018 from email@example.com
BUSINESS OFFER – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Friend, I am contacting you base on recommendation and trust for a good business transaction. First let me introduce myself to you. My name is Mr. George Everett. I am a consultant to some local mining companies in Ghana. It might interest you to hear that I am a man of PEACE and INTEGRITY; I only hope we can do business together. I have a gold transaction that will benefit both of us, as the representative of my clients. I have great pleasure in writing to you with regard to Export of Gold Bullion from Ghana and entering into good business relationship with you and your Foreign Buyers. INTRODUCTION OF OFFER: WE PRESENT TO YOU OUR OFFER AS FOLLOWS: COMMODITY–ALUVIAL GOLD BAR QUANTITY-200KGS QUALITY22 CARAT 94%, 23 CARAT 96% PURITY PRICE–NEGOTIABLE.PLEASE LET US KNOW ABOUT YOUR REQUIREMENTS. THANK YOU. MR. GEORGE EVERETT. email@example.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
- 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”