Compensation scams

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Scam Email received 5/18/2019

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HI – [email protected]

SGB AGENCE STADE DE L AMITIE, Cotonou, Parcelle C 9 B Lot 2069 Menont, Office Telephone: +229 62806838. ATTENTION MY DEAR This is to report to you that our western union bureau have received a correspondence from the federal high court as cancellation notice for your ( $450,000 US Dollars compensation funds ) to be deleted from foreign payment file . The western union management desires to inform you that your compensation funds with us has been programmed among the FIVE(5) payment that would face cancellation soon. We have waited long time enough for you to fulfill the required obligations and claim your compensation funds like other beneficiaries that have claimed their funds before The middle of This Month but nothing comes up from you as indication from the funds owner. the management of this western union held an urgent meeting in my office this week threatening to cancel the paymrent and they have asked my office to submit all the paper works and files containing your compensation funds confidentiality but i refused and asked the board members to give me from now till some days time so that i will consult you personally for you to declare your interest on this your compensation funds. Further more, you are advised to reply to this email after reading, and feel free to tell me why you abandoned such huge amount here. let me know if you are no longer interested of your compensation Cheque. Finally, if you still have the interest of your $450,000 compensation Cheque; you should kindly forward your full name and address including your phone number immediately to our email address ( [email protected] ) so that i will personally go to the Dhl office to post your $450,000 US Dollars compensation Cheque to your current home Address, i am looking forward to your positive cooperation fairly soon. SINCERELY, Sidwell Smith OFFICE LINE: +229 62806838. Email: [email protected] Western Union® Money Transfer, Head Office Benin Republic. Western Union® Send Money Worldwide With Western Union Money Transfer service, Money transfer is performed in 15-20 minutes and bank account is not required. We only transfer via Western Union, no Bank Wire Transfer. Home | Find Agent Location | Copyright | Intellectual Property | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Find Your Local Western Union® © 2001-2018 Western Union Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved. WESTERN UNION OFFICE – [email protected]

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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    Do a Google search for the persons name/company name that the email has come from.

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  3. Confirm using the information you have found

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  4. 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”

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