Compensation scams


Scam Email received June 18, 2018 from
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From the Desk Of Mr. Solomon Johnson Headquarter: West African Benin Republic /Cotonou Founded : 1985 / 2365, Boulevard du Mono ADDRESS : Rue du Governor BAYOL – Cotonou 01 BP 1280 Cotonou Hello Beneficiary, Please i need to know what the problem is have you abandon your fund or you still want to receive your ATM card ??? you should get back to me immediately because we have been trying to reach out to you severally in respect to your scam compensation scheme funds worth $950,000.00 thousand provided by the federal government powered by the world bank group, but due to unclassified reasons our mails to you have been bounced and our server alerted error on sending them to you and i just hope this last message gets to you on time because there is an emergency here! Did you authorize Mrs. kleen Stillman of Kemuning Ray Street NO.8,Tomang. Jakarta,Indonesia to pay the Bank acceptance fee of $89 to claim your WORLD BANK/IMF assisted scam victim compensation funds of $950,000.00 Thousand Via ATM card ??? She has been sending mail to us in respect of your ATM CARD claiming to be your sister and that you are seriously ill, now due to the fact that we could not get access to you despite all odds, personally i am suspecting something fishy that is why am writing you now to reconfirm that you asked her to pay the bank acceptance fee of $89 to receive your compensation ATM card. please you are alerted to reply urgent so that if she is not from you we will have her tracked down and Arrested by POLICE! so do reconfirm to this ATM department as a matter of urgency if this woman is from you or not so that this Office of ATM department will not beheld responsible for releasing your ATM card thank you. REPLY SO URGENT NOW ! NOW ! Sincerely. Mr. Solomon Johnson Director ATM department Tel: (+229) 617 673 81.

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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