Compensation scams

Dear Beneficiary

Scam Email received July 10, 2018 from
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Dear Beneficiary

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Dear Beneficiary

Dear Beneficiary –

Sent from: Mrs. Mary James Attn Beneficiary The sum of $2, 700, 000, 00 (two Million seven Hundred thousand Us dollars) was approved in your name on the 18th of OCTOBER 2017 for your compensation as a scam victim, from random section done by united Nation to all African scam victims, Take note that you will be receiving the funds $5000, 00 twice everyday from Money Gram until the total amount is paid completely to you Now Contact the person In charge of the Compensation through money gram in the person of Mr.leo Richard, and send him your personal information to enable him start the transfer to you starting from tomorrow Contact Person: Mr.leo Richard, E-mail Direct Phone: +229-6553-3204 Contact them with your personal information such as Your Full Name Your Direct contact Telephone Number Sex Age Address City Country OccupationSincerely Yours Mrs. Mary James.

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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