Scam Email received June 18, 2018 from email@example.com
-Partnership. – firstname.lastname@example.org
I wish to seek your consent to partner with me. I will like to present you as the beneficiary to the total sum of $9,500,000.00 USD belonging to a deceased client of my law firm who has same last name as you. A preliminary search through Ancestry DNA program has revealed that you might be distant relative to my deceased client. No other relatives have been located till date. This is 100% legitimate and risk free as I will provide the legal expertise to guide you through the process. After your acceptance, I will present to you the original certificate of deposit to show proof of funds and documents will be prepared to back up your claim. This claim requires a high level of confidentiality and may take up to thirty (30) days from the date of receipt of your consent to process. Please contact me at your earliest convenience and forward to me your first and last name with full contact address to enable me file necessary paperwork for the release of the funds to you. Regards, David D. MacLeod MacLeod Law Firm 2 Bloor St West, Toronto, Ontario Canada M4W 3E2 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”