INVESTMENT PROPOSAL email@example.com
Scam Email received June 28, 2018 from firstname.lastname@example.org
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INVESTMENT PROPOSAL – email@example.com
Dear Sir, How are you today? I hope this message finds you well! I am contacting you based on your personal information I found at your chamber of commerce as someone that has vast and wide experience in business environment of your country. My name is Dr Edward Shaw, I am interested in establishing and operating a very viable business as a means of investment abroad.I do not know too well on how this is done in your country, so I will need you to help me in this regard.Therefore, I seek your advice and guidance any lucrative business investment in your country’s economy and if possible, we can work in partnership. If you are interested contact me for further details.I look forward to your reply and co-operation.Best Regards, Dr.Edward Shaw. 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”