Compensation scams

Dear Beneficiary

Scam Email received July 5, 2018 from
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Dear Beneficiary

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Dear Beneficiary

Dear Beneficiary –

United Nations Inconjunction with the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1775 K St NW #500, Washington, DC 20006, USA SCAMMED VICTIM/ $2,500,000.00 USD FOR BENEFICIARIES On behalf of World Bank and United Nations, we wish to notify you as a beneficiary of ($2,500,000.00) in compensation to scam victims. This is to bring to your notice that we are delegated from United Nations in Federal Republic of Nigeria to pay 35 victims of scam $2,500,000.00 (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) each. You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount. Kindly get back to us with the follwing details for proper procedures to enable you get your Compensation fund from the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 1. Full Names:________________ 2. Contact address______________________________ 3. Direct Telephone No: ___________________ 4. Identification: ____________________________ 5. Occupation: ____________________________ Regards, Mr. Donald Adams Legal Department Email: United Nations© 2017

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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