Hello dear email@example.com
Scam Email received July 7, 2018 from firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hello dear – email@example.com
Hello dear Hello to you, My name is Ann Willian from Canada, but I am here in Africa with my husband before his death. Currently, I am admitted to the hospital because I have lung and throat cancer. I have a proposal that I believe I can deal with that will benefit the less fortunate and the homeless. I inherited the sum of € 6,300,000 from my late husband and since we have no children, I will entrust it to you, so that you can use it for a charity project in your country. I need your urgent answer for more details. I don&t have the strength to write further. Thank you and God bless you Sorry for my poor English. Best regards, Ms. Ann Willian 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”