Compensation scams


Scam Email received 10/6/2019

Email From:

Sender Name:

Edward Frimpong

Other emails used:


Email Subject:



Dear Friend, You might find it so difficult to remember me. Though, it is indeed, a very long time. On my singular, I am much delighted and privileged to contact you again, after couple of years now.It takes fate, courage and God’s fearing to remember old friends and at the same time, to show gratification to them, despite circumstances that made things, not worked out as we projected then. I take this liberty to inform you that, the transaction we were pursing together,finally worked out by God’s infinite mercy and I decided to contact you, just to let you know.I have conscience as a human begin, due to your tremendous effort and contribution to make things work out in retrospect. Meanwhile, I must inform you that, I am presently in Luxembourg for numerous business negotiations and establishment.I just arrived yesterday night and checked inn, in a hotel and decided to go down to the hotel business center to mail you.Now, with my sincere heart, I have raised and signed an International Cashier’s Bank Draft, to the tune of USD $850.000.00 (Eight Hundred And Fifty Thousand Dollars) only in your name as COMPENSATION to your dedication, humanity and contribution, as it were. Please, contact my confidential secretary,her name is JOYCE BAMFORD (Secretary)E-mail: Sincerely Yours, Edward Frimpong Edward Frimpong –

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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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.

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    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

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  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”

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