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The message below (shown in yellow) is a scam that claims to come from the United Nations, but in fact appears to originate from a scammer in Argentina. (See the “From” address in the message header.)
Scammers routinely take advantage of real events (such as the COVID19 pandemic) to trick people into participating in their schemes. This scammer promises money will be sent to you as soon as you provide personal information. If you make the mistake of replying, the scammer will use your information to empty your bank account or impersonate you online.
from: UNITED NATIONS email@example.com
reply-to: UNITED NATIONS firstname.lastname@example.org
date: Jan 5, 2021
subject: RE UNITED NATIONS
Following the instruction to pay all company/individual who are victimized by COVID19 pandemic which may have caused them damages $500,000 each by the UNITED NATIONS and IMF through online banking transfer service, we wish to inform you that your email address was one of the lucky ones to receive this prize. To make sure that there is no mistake; the reference information cannot be forwarded now until you confirm the following:
3. Company Name__
5. Cell Phone___
The above information should be directed to Lucas Joseph on this email (email@example.com)
secret code: MGZ789G. Note: Your file will expire after 3 days if there is no response, then we will not have any option than to return your fund to IMF as unclaimed. Your swift response will enhance our service, thanks for your cooperation
UNITED NATION USA
CONTACT EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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