VERY URGENT email@example.com
Scam Email received June 29, 2018 from firstname.lastname@example.org
Other emails used:
VERY URGENT – email@example.com
DEAR FRIEND, I AM DR GARUS KARA FROM BURKINA FASO BANK OF AFRICAN I HAVE A GENIUE BUSINESS TRANSACTION OF $20.5MILLION US DOLLARS (TWENTY MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND USD) TO TRANSFER INTO YOUR OVERSEA ACCOUNT, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED SEND TO ME THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IMMEDIATELY. YOUR FULL NAME YOUR OCCUPATION.. YOUR AGE.. YOUR MARITAL STATUS.. YOUR PHONE NUMBER.. YOUR COUNTRY/NATIONALITY.. PLEASE KINDLY REPLY TO MY ALTERNATIVE EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW (firstname.lastname@example.org) ONCE I RECEIVE ALL THE INFORMATION FROM YOU, I WILL SEND TO YOU THE APPLICATION LETTER WHICH YOU WILL FILL AND SEND TO THE BANK IMMEDIATELY. BEST REGARD&S, THANKS DR GARUS KARA email@example.com
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”