Scam Email received July 5, 2018 from firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hi – email@example.com
Dear Beloved One, I am Mr Kenny Adams, it&s true we do not know one another but my spirit led me to write this email. I write you with heavy heart and great joy of sorrow because I am shocked today when finally I was informed by my doctor that It will take only the will of God for me to survive due to my Complicated health issues (CANCER). And for mercy of God to fall on me, I decided to go through the net to share my problem, look for any possible solution and do whatever that will make me achieve a happy end if I eventually have to die. I have visited some orphanage homes around me and done some donation to them but my instinct directed me to touch some lives that has no relationship with me. Please, I need people that will encourage me and have a happy end while we also engage in discussion on how to dispose some of my material acquisitions to less privilege around you. I hope my mail get to you in good faith. Do good so that good will in return follow you. Any delay in your reply will give me room in searching for another individual for this same purpose. Hoping to hearing from you. Remain blessed in the name of the Lord. My regards, Mr. Kenny Adams. firstname.lastname@example.org
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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”