Scam Email received June 20, 2018 from firstname.lastname@example.org
Other emails used:
CONGRATULATIONS – email@example.com
Dear Lucky Winner, This is to inform you that your Email Address is selected among Ten Lucky Winners won the total sum of Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euros for the 2016 with winning Ref No:UNPAP/2016/SA, International E-mail Draw which was organized and Sponsored by the United Nations World Wide Poverty Alleviation Promotions(UNPAP). Your email address is among the winners in a random World Wide Web computerized draw system, extracted from over a Million companies and individual email address of the people that are active online. Ten people are selected yearly to benefit from this award and you are one of the Selected Lucky Winners.Send your full name,Address and Phone Number to United Nations Approved Paying Bank below for the processing of claims/winning prize. Absa Bank Ltd, Affiliates of Barclay&s Bank Europe United Kingdom England London London Address:75 King William St, London, EC4N 7AB, UK Tel:Fax:+44 20 77116550 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Congratulations, Yours faithfully, Dr.Mrs. Vehalian Lawson (UNPAP)Media Officer 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”