Scam Email received July 9, 2018 from firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello – email@example.com
HOW ARE YOU DOING AND YOUR FAMILY? MY NAMES ARE MRS. LORENA ELONSO, FROM SPAIN, AND I WISH TO ENTRUST (3.5 MILLION EUROS ) IN YOUR CARE FOR CHARITABLE WORK IN YOUR COUNTRY. I HAVE BEEN SUFFERING FROM CANCER OF LUNG, I WANT TO KNOW IF I CAN TRUST YOU TO USE THESE FUNDS FOR CHARITY, LESS PRIVILEGE, ORPHANAGE HOMES.PLEASE GET BACK TO ME FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE CHARITY PROJECT.BEST REGARDSMRS. LORENA ELONSO. 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:
Ten Minutes 10 minutes.
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”