Compensation scams

Attention: The Beneficiary,

Scam Email received July 3, 2018 from
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Attention: The Beneficiary,

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Attention: The Beneficiary,

Attention: The Beneficiary, –

Attention: The Beneficiary, You have been contacted before direct from our office without hearing from you, hence I personally decided to reach you through this channel. Why do you find it very difficult to response to our notification letters to you? This is to let you know that we did not forgot the non-payment of your compensation funds, and I&m also happy to inform you today that those issues that prevented the approval of funds has been successfully resolved by the relevant authorities. There was a major help from the Gas Pipelines Company and our Global partners from the USA. It is now settled, and the first installment of your funds has been released in ATM Card ($850,000.00) Contact the Secretary who is in charge and ask him to send you’re ATM Visa Card, because I am already in United States and, will be going to Switzerland from here. Name: John Ogam and his E-mail:( To enable him deliver your ATM card to your doorstep, send the following details: 1, your full names. 2, complete delivery address 3, direct phone number Regards, Dr. Akottona Wune IMF Department Liaison Officer.

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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