Compensation scams

Attn: Beneficiary payment of US$1,750,000.00,

Scam Email received July 9, 2018 from
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Attn: Beneficiary payment of US$1,750,000.00,

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Attn: Beneficiary payment of US$1,750,000.00,

Attn: Beneficiary payment of US$1,750,000.00, –

Sent from: contact Director MARK SMITH UNITED NATION ASSISTED Program Directorate of International Payment United Nations Liaison Office Benin Republic Call me on this number +22969726140 Attn: Beneficiary payment of US$1,750,000.00, The United Nations in Affiliation with UBA PLC (UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA) has deposited your Over-due payment of US$1,750,000.00, with UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC BENIN REPUBLIC, This is regarding the draws the Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon organized on his visit to Benin republic last month to help individuals/Scam victims and charity organization, Your name and email was listed among those who are to benefit from these compensation exercise. The U B A (UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA) will send you an International Swift ATM Card that has been approved in your Name with Card Number: 4084-6100-0037-4782, Registration Reference No:FDXB/xxx/100. Contact Director MARK SMITH Email Address:( Telephone text me call me +22969726140 Director of UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA (UBA) PLC BENIN REPUBLIC. Please contact him right way with you&re full information such as below, 1)your Full Name 2)home Address 3)occupation 4)telephone Number 5)sex 6)age 7)ID Copy/Passport It is very important and urgently that you contact Director MARK SMITH to enable him forward your delivery information to any of the delivery companies of your choice. Therefore, we advise you to get back to us for delivery schedule. We look forward to your timely response. Best regards, MARY JOHNSON

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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