Compensation scams

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Scam Email received July 10, 2018 from
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Sent from: Mr. Patrick J Burke Our ref: cus/snt/stb. Happy New Year 2018! Re: Instant compensation Payment valued at US$17,500.000.00 usd It is my modest obligation to write you this letter as regards the authorization of your owed payment through our most respected financial institution (HSBC Regional Bank). I am Mr. Patrick J Burke, the chief executive officer, foreign operations department HSBC Regional Bank, the British government in conjunction with U.S government, united nations organization on foreign payment matters has empowered our bank after much consultation and consideration to handle all foreign payments and release them to their appropriate beneficiaries. Having received these vital payment numbers, you are instantly qualified to receive and confirm your payment with us within the next 48hrs. Be well informed that we have verified your payment file in year 2018 as directed to us and your name is next on the list of our outstanding fund beneficiaries to receive their payment for this first term of the year 2018. Be advised that because of too many funds beneficiaries due for payment at this first quarter of the year, you are entitled to receive the sum of Seventeen million Five hundred thousand United State dollars (17,500.000.00 usd) as full payment of your fund. So you are therefore advise to re-confirm the following Information for immediate process of your transfer. 1) Your full name:.. 2) Your full address: 3) Your contact telephone and Fax:. 4) Your profession:. 5) Any valid form of your identification/driven license: As soon as we receive the above mentioned information, your payment will processed and released to you without any further delay. Be also informed that You are not allowed to communicate with any other person(s) or office so as to avoid conflict of information, you are required to provide the above information for your transfer to be taken place through HSBC Regional Bank to your personal bank account. We look forward to serving you better. Yours sincerely. Mr. Patrick J Burke, Chief Executive Director HSBC Regional Bank FL.

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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