Scam Email received 3/31/2020
Financial Assistance from Bill Gates
Financial Assistance from Bill Gates – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Gates Financial Assistance to the World in this Trying Time: Hello Sir/Ma, After the Emergency Meeting I Bill Gates held with my workers yesterday at my headquarters in New York – USA, I have decided to use my wealth to Help and Assist the world. I have therefore Approved the sum of $50 Million (FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS) to some Individuals who were Chosen Randomly and You are one of the Winners, your sincerity is therefore needed. This fund is purely for health assistance to you and people of your country who have suffered or are still suffering from COVID- 19. You are directed to assist all COVID- 19 victims with this funds, you can work with your Country’s Health workers in dealing with this urgent matter. This is my assistance to the world and I have shared funds to people in Africa, Europe, ASIA and even here in USA as I feel that the world needs my assistance in this crucial and trying time. For sincerity in disbursement and sharing of this funds; the funds shall be released/transferred to you and other beneficiaries from USA and it shall be handled by the USA FBI Director Mr. Christopher Wray as soon as we hear from you and other beneficiaries. Note that upon your receipt of the $50 Million you are expected to use $45 Million (Forty five million dollars) to do this vital and important work and service to humanity and keep $5 Million (Five million) for your self as my compensation to you for Job Well done. INFORMATION NEEDED FROM YOU ARE: Full Names. Address. Age. Occupation. Bank Account to receive your $50 Million. Phone Number. Country. Duration. Contact us to commence your transfer processing immediately. Yours sincerely, Victor Aku For: Bill Gates Group of Companies Mrs. Rebbecca – email@example.com
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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