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To: Intended Client From: Dr.Johnson Subject: Finalizing your long overdue paymentThis is to notify you that we are ready to remit your long overdue payment, but due to irregularities in your supporting documents we cannot until your documents and supporting paper work are confirmed. Also be advised that commercial and Apex banks cannot move any fund above Ten Thousand United States Dollars without proper documentation or supporting documents, due the tight financial restrictions. All payment will have to go through clearance with the American Government via New York State Department of Financial Services, they control the financial global market, as you may well know the Apex bank does not do a direct SWIFT to any commercial bank, we use Intermediary banks, and no Intermediary bank will do any final credit to any beneficiary without having the paper work scrutinized and in your case you do not have proper documentation and my guess is the reason why your payment has been delayed for this long. If you doubt me send me all the paper work you believe you have and I will point out the reasons why you has been on hold until now. Awaiting your response Regards, Johnson Telephone:+2349062327633

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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