Compensation scams

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Scam Email received June 25, 2018 from
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Sent from: Mr. Patrick J Burke, Attn: Beneficiary, We are contacting you due to your failure and inability to claim your funds of US$6.700, 000.00 (Six Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) via special KTT wired transfer and Bank ATM card produced and activated by our bank following a mandate given to our bank by the IMF, UN and Central Bank for the purpose of your payment. You are strongly advise to contact me to claim your funds within 14 working days from receipt of the this message. Your failure to claim your funds within the stipulated 14 working days leaves us with no other option but to follow the directive of the Government to return the funds to the Government treasury. If you are not interested in claiming your funds, We request that you send to us a letter of attorney signed by your lawyer authorizing us to deactivate this Bank wired Transfer and ATM card and return its monetary value to the coffers of the Government, and that you have not, and will never put forward any claims for the funds subsequently, thereby forfeiting same to the benefit of the Federal Government. Meanwhile, as you still have this last opportunity of receiving this compensation funds, your urgent response is needed to enablef me proceed for the release of the funds to you. YOU ARE ADVISED TO RE-CONFIRM YOUR INFORMATION SUCH AS YOUR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND SCANNED COPY OF YOUR ID FOR IDENTIFICATION. Contact Re: Mr. Williams Thomas Thanks and God bless Mr. jonhs Joseph

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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