Compensation scams

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Scam Email received July 7, 2018 from
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Headquarters: New York, NY, United States of America Founded: 1914, New York City, New York, United States ADDRESS: 33 Liberty St New York, NY 10045-0001We have this day received a payment credit instruction from the Federal Government of Benin Republic to credit your account with your full COMPENSATION fund of US$8.4Million from the Benin reserve account with our UNITED STATES FEDERAL RESERVE. We apologize for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences we might put you through, while we were having some minor problems with our payment system which in all case not meeting up with fund beneficiary payments, we apologize once again. Meanwhile a woman came to this bank few days ago with a letter claiming to be your true representative and is willing to pay $250 for the Fund Transfer Acceptance Fee to have the fund delivered to her. Here is her information’s below. Name: Mrs. Maria Burris Bank name: Bank Of America, USA Account Number: 6503809008 Routing number: 322271627 Swift code#:WMSBUS88 Address: 1723 Palm-dale Bulk Palm-dale ca..93586 Please do reconfirm to this bank as a matter of urgency if this woman is from you or not so that the federal government will not beheld responsible for paying into wrong account, if this woman is not your representative, you are requested to fill and send this information’s for verification purpose so that your fund valued ($8.400, 000.00 usd) will be remitted in to your nominated bank account. Please do provide the below information accurately for this office shall not be held liable for any wrong transfer of funds or liability of funds credited into a ghost account. 1. Bank Name: 2. Bank account number: 3. Route number: 4. Swift code: 5. Bank name: 6. Company name: 7. Position: 8. Address: 9. Working Id/ int’l Passport 10. Age: 11. Your telephone/Mobile number(Very Important) Secondly,the only money you pay for the transfer to take place is just $250 being the Fund Transfer Acceptance Fee from the government of Benin,and you are giving a limited time to send the payment and please be advise that you are to send the payment to American Embassy office in Benin, Please be informed that you are not going to pay any other payment to anybody and do not be deceived by any body to send any other payment. I anticipate your urgent reply. GOD BLESS AMERICA. Thanks and God bless you. Sincerely. Hon James Wade ( Director Federal Reserve Bank.

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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