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Scam Email received 2018-11-16T16:17:04

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Sir/Madam, – haslina@ace.ocn.ne.jp

THIS IS FOR YOUR ATTENTION Sir/Madam, I am a Public Accountant officer in my Bank and also account officer to a deceased customer who was a contractor with a prominent oil company here in Louisiana. He died with the family in auto-crash. The bank has made effort to reach any of his relatives but all to no avail so I have to personally contact you since you share the same family name with him. I contacted you to assist in claiming the money and Property before the bank declare the deposit as unclaimed. Respond to my email if you are interested in handling this. Best regards, Michael A. Jones Certified Public Accountant haslina@ace.ocn.ne.jp

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

  1. Google the details.

    Do a Google search for the persons name/company name that the email has come from.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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”

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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