Scam Email received June 17, 2018 from firstname.lastname@example.org
No Subject – email@example.com
Dear Friend, I am Adrian Bayford the mega winner of Ł148.6M GBP In Mega Millions Jackpot, I&m donating to 5 random individuals if you get this email then your email was selected after a spin ball.I have spread most of my wealth over a number of charities and organizations. I have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of $1,000,000 GBP to you as one of the selected 5, to verify my winnings please see my you tube page below. WATCH ME HERE: https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/aug/14/british-euromillions-jackpot-winners-revealed THIS IS YOUR DONATION CODE: [ 003044] Reply with the DONATION CODE to this email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hope to make you and your family happy. Regards, Adrian Bayford. 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”