Scam Email received 5/18/2019
Montoya Angela Maria
DONATION FOR YOU
DONATION FOR YOU – firstname.lastname@example.org
DONATION FOR YOU May the peace of God be with you and your family. I know it will be a great surprise reading from me today but consider this a divine intervention as a pastor explained to my understanding. My name is Montoya Angela Maria, a widow from Colombia based in Oklahoma USA and I’m writing you from my sick bed and in tears because i have been fighting cancer. I will tell you more about myself and also explain why I need your help. Please write me soon as my health is pretty bad and my doctors says i will be moved to the intensive care unit anytime soon. Have a blessed day and please do pray for me. God bless you. Mother Montoya Angela Maria. Reply to my email:email@example.com Montoya Angela Maria – 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:
Ten Minutes 10 minutes.
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”