Scam Email received July 7, 2018 from email@example.com
Payment Notice – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent from: Mr. James J. Hampson. Jr Greetings!! We the management and staff of Multi-National Oil Company have your email address as a winner in our end of year email balloting promotion and have deposited a certified Bank draft of $2.500.000.00 United States Dollars which we kept for you, but we did not hear from you since that time. Then we went and deposited the Draft with Authorised Service Contractor for UPS, West Africa. What you have to do now is to Contact the UPS DELIVERY COMPANY as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your package to you because of the expiring date. For your information, we have paid for the Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country. The only charges you will send to the UPS DELIVERY COMPANY to deliver your Draft direct to your postal Address in your country is ($205. USD) Dollars only being payment for delivery Charges of the Courier Company. We would have paid that but they said no because they don&t know when you will contact them and in case of any demurrage. You have to contact the UPS Authorized Service Contractor now for the delivery of your Draft with this information bellow: Contact Person: Mr. PAUL JOHN Email Address email@example.com) Tel: (+234)902-059-7095 Finally, make sure that you re-confirm your Postal address (s) and Direct telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and ask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your package over there and know when it will get to your address that you would provide. However, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their delivery fee only $205.00 US Dollars for their immediate action. You should also let me know through email as soon as you receive your Draft. CONTACT UPS FOR YOUR PACKAGE ask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your package online over there and know when it will get to your address that you would provide. Yours Faithfully, Mr. James J. Hampson. Jr Payment Notice 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:
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- Google the details.
Do a Google search for the persons name/company name that the email has come from.
- Confirm the details.
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- Check if the email has been sent to multiple people
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