Scam Email received July 4, 2018 from firstname.lastname@example.org
GOOD NEWS!! – email@example.com
This is to inform you that your Funds has finally been approved and ready to be transferred by the West Africa Fund Monitoring Unit. Your funds will be transferred to you via MasterCard ATM which is cash able in any ATM machine or Bank Anywhere in the world. I am here to inform you that the ATM card worth US$1,500,000. has been credited in your favor as the part payment of your Inheritance funds which has been delayed by an officer who claim to be in possession of your funds. You are warned to stop Any further communication with anybody concerning your inheritance funds. Your funds will be released to you via ATM MasterCard in order to uphold the rule of law which we represent. You have to Send the information as stated below for security reasons. Send the following information of yours for the conclusion of your ATM Card: Full Name:__________ Delivery Address:____ Country:_______ Occupation:_____ Phone Number:____ Age:______ Sex:______ Identity Card or Driver&s License: Regards, Mr. Godwin Benson firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Google the details.
Do a Google search for the persons name/company name that the email has come from.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”