Compensation scams


Scam Email received July 5, 2018 from
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Sent from: mikew FOREIGN OPERATION TRANSFER OFFICE. United States, The (IMF) is compensating all the 2015 and 2018 scam victims and your email address was found in the scam victims list. This Western Union®office has been mandated by the IMF to transfer your compensation to you via Western Union® Money Transfer.However, we have concluded to effect your own payment through Western Union®Money Transfer, $5000,00 pay Day until the total sum of $4.5Million is completely transferred to you the receiver.We can not be able to send the payment with your email address alone, we are here by needed your information to where we will be sending the funds. You Can Text us and fill below Information Or email us via email,( (Receivers name) (Country). . ( Address). . (Phone Number) (Your Age . (ID copy). Note that your payment files will be returned to the IMF within 24hours if we did not hear from you because this was the instruction given to us by the IMF office here in Africa Benin. We will start the transfer as soon as we received your information. You are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message for any reason what so ever because the US FBI is already on trace of the criminals from Africa. the Executive Officer, Mr,mike william OFFICE TEL:(+1(424) 292-4988

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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