Scam Email received June 20, 2018 from email@example.com
No Subject – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear beloved, Greetings to you! I am Mrs. Christy Walton, a citizen of the United States of America. I bring to you a proposal worth the sum ($2,085,000000.00 USD) which I intend to use for a humanitarian project. I am happy to know you, I have never doubted my instinct as it has never failed me, even as it has directed me to you at this point in time so do not be afraid. I saw your e-mail contact at the department of commerce and foreign trade. I am writing this mail to you with heavy sorrow in my heart, it&s painful to let you know that I have been suffering from esophageal cancer and a rare heart disease for the past 6 years and just a few weeks ago my Doctor told me that I won&t survive the illness. I am contacting you because I don&t have any other option but to open up to you about my project at hand. Please get back to me by providing me with your personal information so I can provide you with further details. Please treat this information as strictly confidential. I await your response. God bless you. Mrs. Christy Walton email@example.com
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”