Compensation scams


Scam Email received June 19, 2018 from
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Two Million Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2.700, 000. 00) has been issued out to all the affected victims and has been already in distribution to all the bearers. Your name is among those scammed as listed by the west Africa financial intelligent unit. Re-compensation has been issued out in ATM visa card for you so kindly reply back to this e-mail address ( ) Your urgent call is awaited for further direction on how you will receive your fund +2349058316829 Yours in service Mr. Brian Young

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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