Compensation scams

First Payment Release

Scam Email received June 20, 2018 from
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First Payment Release

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First Payment Release

First Payment Release –

This official notification is to drawn to your attention that we have concluded to effect your compensation payment through Western Union money transfer method and you will be receiving the sum of 5,000.00 daily until the total sum of 7.500,000.00USD is completely transfer to you. Meanwhile our office has already send you the first payment of 5,000.00USD today. Therefore, you are advice to contact our director of foreign remittance department (Herbert Edward) by replying to this email address and ask him to give you the Western Union reference number and other senders details which will enable you to pick your first payment at any Western Union office nearest to you. Kindly contact our Director of foreign remittance department by clicking reply to this email and your message will automatically conveyed to him. You can also reach him through the telephone numbers stated below. CONTACT PERSON: MR.HERBERT EDWARD, CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS: TELEPHONE: +22961314823. Ask him to give you the Western Union payment reference number together with the senders details to enable you picks your first payment of 5000.00USD without any delay. Also you should forward to him your personal details as required below to enable him locate your payment files and give you the payment details to pick up your first payment today. 1. Your Full Name:.. 2. Address:. 3. Cell / Mobile Number:. 4. Your Age:.. 5. Country:.. Contact him now with your personal details so that he will provide you with the Western Union payment details which you need to pick your first payment at any Western Union branch located around you. Thanks yours, OLIVER SMITH

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.

  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”

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