How Can You Quickly Determine If The Email You Received Is A Scam?

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How Can You Quickly Determine If The Email You Received Is A Scam?

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The number one rule is that if you receive an email that offers something that sounds too good to be true then it ALWAYS is too good to be true! Thus, when a person (that you have never had any contact with before) sends you an unsolicited email with any of the following offers, it’s always a scam:

A - To send you a large sum of money (often millions of dollars) for any reason at all.
B - To start a romantic relationship with you, to fall in love with you, or to start a close friendship with you for business purposes.
C - To start a business relationship with you where they want you to help them to invest a large sum of money that they claim to have and/or where they would like you to help by recommending good investment opportunities to them.
D - To conduct a business transaction or to business partner with you in a situation where they are offering to split a percentage of a large sum of so-called money with you in exchange for your help or cooperation in some way. Usually they claim they want you to receive delivery of a large so-called transfer of money on their behalf.
E - To offer you any kind of guaranteed employment, either as a direct employee, a part-time employee, a work-from-home employee, or as a company representative handling payments remotely.
F - To send you free money, cars, or cell phones related to grants, awards, charity, donations, lucky draws, promotions, Covid-19 aid money, or lottery winnings and either from a corporation, a charity organization, a division of government, a non-profit entity, or a foundation. Or from an individual who claims to have won a lottery already, or a wealthy businessman, a wealthy public figure, or a philanthropist who is offering to give away money to you as charity.
G - To give you a large amount of money in an unsecured loan with a low interest rate.
H - To send you a large sum of money where it involves you acting as the “next of kin” to receive money from a deceased person that they claim has a similar last name or the same last name as you or where there was supposedly no next of kin named at all before the so-called deceased person died.
I - To request your assistance in receiving money from an inheritance involving any form of unclaimed or dormant funds lodged at a bank.
J - To offer to send you a credit card or ATM card preloaded with a large sum of money, often claiming that they are making contact with you from a major bank or a courier company.
K - To offer to send you a bank wire transfer or a payment via Western Union, Money Gram, Ria Money or an electronic money transfer service like PayPal or TransferWise.
L - To offer to send you money from a large government entity like The United Nations, The World Bank, The IMF, The WHO, The FBI, The CIA, a central bank, a finance ministry, or any other department of a government.
M - To offer to deliver a large consignment of cash (and/or an ATM card) to you from a bank, an airport agent, a diplomatic agent, a security company or a courier company like DHL, FedEx, USPS, UPS, etc.
N - To send you money as compensation for anything that they claim is a result of your "past efforts" where you helped them with something in the past.
O - To ask you to act as a recipient or beneficiary for someone who claims to be a widow, orphan, refugee, or claims to be dying and who, in all cases, claims they have a large sum of money that they would like to send to you on their behalf for any reason. Or for you to help them donate money to charity on their behalf.
P - To offer you an opportunity to invest your own money into a lucrative investment that they are offering. Or to offer you their money as a loan for you to use for your own investment purposes.
Q - To ask you to help a military officer (a Colonel, a General, a Sergeant, a Lieutenant or a Captain) who claims to be stationed overseas (in countries like Afghanistan, Lybia, Iraq, Syria, etc) and who wants your assistance to move a large sum of money.
R - To tell you that you are due a large sum of money as an award from something to do with scam victims or to award you money that was supposedly confiscated from fraudsters.
S - To offer to open a bank account for you for a fee.

Therefore, anyone who contacts you with an unsolicited offer for any of the above reasons is telling you lies and is attempting to steal money from you. And the way they attempt to steal money is by asking you for a payment as an upfront fee. This is known as "Advance-Fee Fraud" and this means that all of the emails on this website are ALL fraudulent scams. And if you send any money to a scammer as an upfront fee then you will almost never be able to get any of the money returned back to you. The other thing that is the same about every scam email involving a financial proposition is that the money that the scammer speaks of does not ever exist. So there is no money at all, it’s fictitious. The only money that exists are the funds that they are attempting to steal from you.

Any emails that threaten you (in an attempt to extort or blackmail you) by saying that your computer has been hacked and infected with malware, or that they will expose some embarrassing videos of you, and that you must pay a sum of money within a short period of time (or that your personal information or other personal content will be exposed publicly or that you will be arrested by a law enforcement agency) are just random/bulk scam emails containing fictitious lies and you should not panic or worry if you receive such a fraudulent claim. These emails are known as “ScareWare” and you should just delete these terrible emails (without ever replying) and simply ignore them. There is nothing at all to worry about with this type of email.

Below are some other useful ways to quickly detect if a suspicious email that you just received is in fact a fraudulent attack. So, if the email you received contains any of the following characteristics, then it is also definitely a scam:

1 - The email addresses you as “Dear Beneficiary”, “Dear Winner”, “Dear Customer”, “Dear Friend”, “Dear Sir/Madam”, “Dear Partner”, “Dear Beloved”, “Dearest One”, “Dear Valued Client”, “Attention:”, “Hello My Dear”, “Attn:”, “Greetings”, “Dear Esteemed Customer”, etc.
2 - The body of the email letter begins with something like “Congratulations”, “Compliment Of The Season”, “Calvary Greetings”, “Compliment Of The Day”, “This email may come to you as a big surprise”, “This may sound strange and unbelievable to you”, “Excuse me for intruding into your privacy”, “ARE YOU DEAD OR STILL ALIVE?”, “I am a woman that has seen life”, “I hope I can trust you”, or something of a similar nature.
3 - The body of the email discusses that you are to receive a large amount of money as financial "Compensation" from "Debt Recovery" as "Recovered Funds", as an “Overdue Payment”, or as a "Winner", "Recipient", or “Beneficiary” of a large amount of funds.
4 - The body of the email message is typed using all capital letters.
5 - The sender is using two male first names (that sound like typical Anglo Saxon names) for both their first name and their surname. For example “John Mike”, “Peter George”, "Michael Joe", etc. For female names the scammers often will use a Anglo Saxon female first name together with a male first name as their surname. For example "Margaret Alex", "Jackie Tedd", “Agnes Paul”, etc.
6 - The sender is claiming to be a doctor, engineer, professor, banker, loan officer, or a legal practitioner (barrister, lawyer, attorney, esquire) or claims to be working for or in charge of a large government agency, bank or financial institution and yet they are using a free webmail email service like Gmail, Hotmail, Live, Yahoo, AOL, GMX, MSN, Outlook, Daum, Yandex, Seznam, Rocket Mail, Rediff Mail, Zoho Mail, Citro Mail, iCloud Mail, etc. for their own email address purposes. Real people working in a professional capacity will not be using a free webmail account like one of the above and will almost always have an email address associated with their professional organization or occupation.
7 - The sender is using an email address ending in,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, or These are all free webmail email addresses provided to anyone for free by
8 - The name of the sender of the email and the name used to sign the email are two different names.
9 - The sender states that they are from one of these eight West African countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Togo, Burkina Faso, Benin Republic, Sierra Leone, or Cote d'Ivorie (Ivory Coast).
10 - The sender is asking you for a lot of your personal information and for a scanned copy of your passport, driving license, or other form of personal identification.
11 - The sender is asking you to send them some money via Zelle, CashApp, Western Union, Money Gram, Ria Money, WorldRemit, SendWave, Bitcoin, or via some form of gift card payment service like iTunes Gift Card, Amazon Gift Card, Sephora Gift Card, Google Play Gift Card, Steam Wallet, Walmart Gift Card, etc.
12 - The sender is asking you to call or text them on a telephone number starting with any of the following country codes: +234 (Nigeria), +233 (Ghana), +229 (Benin), +225 (Ivory Coast), +232 (Sierra Leone), +221 (Senegal), +228 (Togo), +237 (Cameroon), +226 (Burkina Faso) or +27 (South Africa).
13 - The sender is already asking you to contact an associate of theirs with regards to their offer and this occurs within their first or second email to you.
14 - The sender has sent you some legal, banking, financial, business, or other official documents and/or a personal ID card of theirs that looks fake or is questionable.
15 - The sender writes using bad or imperfect English grammar, meanwhile their name is of an ethnic or national origin where the native language is English.
16 - The sender asks you to click on website links and/or for you to log into another website for any reason.
17 - The email you received was sent to your email address using the Bcc box within the header of the email and, thus this indicates that the email was sent out in bulk to many people at the same time and that the email was not sent or intended for you personally.
18- The sender is claiming to be a Sister, Pastor, Priest, Reverend or Reverend Father and is making contact with you in regards to something financial. A person that lives life in a religious capacity will never suddenly contact you about a transaction involving some form of monetary compensation.
19- The sender claims to be looking for romance and is using any of the following Russian sounding names: Olga, Anna, Yulia, Elena, Natalya, Alena, Alina, Karina, Tatyana, Ekaterina, Tetiana, Marina, Polina, Sveta, Irina, Zoya, Yuliana, Svetlana, Lilya, Sofya, Irinchik, Alexsandra, Anya, Alina, Oksana, Nadezhda, Valentina, Nataliia or some other similar sounding variant.

Lastly, large internet companies, financial institutions, online payment companies, credit card companies and banks will never, for any reason, send you an email telling you that your account has been blocked or locked and that you need to send them your account login information via email to reset your password, or that you need to click on a web link to reset your password to unblock your account or to start up a new account. None of this will ever happen in the real world.

Thus, in conclusion, it can be very dangerous if you respond to any unsolicited email by providing the unknown sender any type of personal information that they are asking for, either via email, text message or by clicking on a link. And if you receive a suspicious email with links to go to a website or to update personal information, then never click on the link unless you are absolutely sure that it is being sent from a known and safe sender. In general, any emails you receive that involve any of these types of instructions are phishing and can safely just be deleted. And if you treat all unsolicited, unknown and suspicious emails in this way then you will always be safe.

If for any reason you are unsure if a suspicious email that you received is a fraudulent email then you are more than welcome to contact us for help by using the "Contact us" link at the bottom of this webpage.

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