Scam Email received July 2, 2018 from firstname.lastname@example.org
Other emails used:
PCH57484538 – email@example.com
Congrats!!! Your email was drawn a winner of (USD $850,000.00) in the recent Publishers Clearing House global sweepstakes email lottery. To file for claim you are hereby required to fill in your details below and send it to the contest department: *Given Names: *Mailing Address: *Telephone: *Gender: *Age: Yours Sincerely Andrew Goldberg Chief Financial officer Official Winners Selection Notice. – © Copyright 2018 Publishers Clearing House. All Rights Reserved. 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:
Most of us know someone who is vulnerable to these types of attacks. Fortunately, if you’re aware of the presence of these scams, and armed with some basic knowledge on identifying them, you can greatly reduce your chances people you know becoming a victim. Please help them by sharing this information on Facebook or Twitter using the #telltwo and #takefive hashtags.
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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”