Scam Email received July 2, 2018 from email@example.com
Other emails used:
HELLO – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi My name is Mrs Aina,i want to know you,i have something very important to tell you,i need your relationship,if i hear from you,i will send you my picture in the next email to enable you see who i am and how i look like,then explain more about myself to you Please? Kindly contact me direct to my private Email address: email@example.com For me to attach my photo for you Miss Aina 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”