Compensation scams


Scam Email received July 7, 2018 from
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Department of the Treasury 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20220     ATTENTION BENEFACTOR     The United States Treasury Department wishes to inform you that the compensation fund as awarded by the U.S Government is ready for collection. You are requested to provide the following for immediate processing towards fund release   1. PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION 2. ADDRESS 3. OCCUPATION4. TELEPHONE NUMBER     We will process the claim once these requisites are provided.   signed   Mark Winston (Clerk) United States Treasury Direct Line: +1-2182882692(sms only)

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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