Compensation scams


Scam Email received March 26, 2020 from
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This notification is reaching you from Coris Bank International (CBI) here in West Africa, Benin Republic. We have concluded on releasing your awarded fund sum of US$10,500,000.00, which has been dormant over years in United Bank for Africa (UBA). This happened after recent meeting held by United Nation Organization (UNO) with African Bank Committee, where they discussed about the past administration of UBA Bank that was made No. 1 African paying bank in the history of compensation project. Now, the UNO has set up committee that will monitor to ensure every dormant and pending compensation funds goes to the rightful beneficiaries through means of ATM visa card, therefore Coris Bank International is now in charge of this transaction and we are letting you know that your only obligation is to follow the procedure of getting your ATM visa card delivered to your home address. You are to provide your following details below if you are still alive and willing to receive your visa card, the delivery cost of this ATM visa card is sum of US$195.00 and you have to send it so that we will register your ATM visa card with delivery company. Confirmation of your information: Full Name: Residential Address: Phone: Valid ID card: Dir. Laurence Chima. Call us on: +229 9907 6812 Address: Boulevard Steinmetz, Cotonou, Republic Du Benin, This mail is sent to you from Coris Bank International (CBI).

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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