Compensation scams

Dear Friend,

Scam Email received 7/18/2019

Email From:

Sender Name:

Sgt. Raymond Williams

Other emails used:,

Email Subject:

Dear Friend,

Dear Friend, –

Dear Friend, I am Sgt. Raymond Williams, who is presently serving with NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan. I got your email id via my search on the internet and I contacted you for this urgent transaction. I have the sum of $5.8Million USD packaged in a metallic box and I am soliciting for your confidential cooperation to help me receive the funds and you will be compensated with 40% of the total sum for your assistance. Kindly get back to me via this email: for more details. Best Regards, Sgt. Raymond Williams Sgt. Raymond Williams –

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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